What to buy in Xian?
If you want to track the trails of history and perceive the essence of culture, antique markets in Xian are the best places. The followings are the most famous ones in Xian.There are many historical relic shops in Xian, such as Shu Yuanmen (an art street),which is laid out in the style of an ancient street; Xian Antique Market; Xian Jade carving、Silk Embroidery Factory and The Department of Xi'an Artist CeramicTour Shopping Center. Tang tri-colored glazed pottery and replicas of clay figures of warriors and horses, as well as folk handicrafts of paper-cut and cloth art, can be found there. If you are interested in shopping small things such as hand crafts, paper-cut, good luck knots (made of red ropes), replicas of terracotta warriors, coppery carriages, Tang potteries, ornaments, embroidery crafts Native arts and handicrafts and so on, you will be fond of these places and be attracted by them. You can finally find the smell of traditional culture there.
Where to buy in Xian?
Century Ginwa Shopping Mall
Located between the ancient Bell tower and Drum tower, Century Ginwa Shopping Mall is a landscaped square with profound cultural connotations as well as a high quality, exclusive shopping center. The mall opened in 1998 and now houses over sixty world-famous brands for discriminating customers, including Bally, Burberry, Dior, Givenchy, Lancome, Estee Lauder, and other all of which make Ginwa a fashion center in Xi'an City.
Kaiyuan Shopping Mall
Opposite Ginwa is Kai Yuan Shopping Mall, one of the biggest department stores in Xian. Both the price and the quality of the commodities and the sales service are often praised by shoppers, who have made it one of the most popular shopping places in Xi'an.
Shu Yuan Men (The Arts Street)
Under the ancient city wall behind the Forest of Steles in Xian, there is a well-known street in the style of ancient towns - Shu Yuan Men. Both sides of the slab stone road are lined with buildings in the Ming and Qing styles. Various crafts and arts are sold on this crowded street all year long. Historical relics, calligraphy, paintings, antiques, jewels, and folk art fine works are all tourist favorites.
Zhuque Antique Market
Xian Antique Market is located at the intersection of Zhuque Lu and Nan Erhuan Lu (Southern 2nd Ring Road) near the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. From large furniture to small coins, the market contains every possible antique known to collectors - but you should be on guard against replicas.
Just as its name implies, Muslim Street is the hub of the Muslim community in Xian City, Shaanxi Province. Located beside the Drum Tower, it is about 500 meters (about 547 yards) long from south to north. This street is paved with dark colored stone with green trees providing heavy shade during summer; the buildings on both sides of the street are modeled on the styles of both the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Some of the constructions are restaurants; while others are stores. But here there is one thing in common: the owners are all Muslims.