Kaili is abundant in local specialties. In general, souvenirs in Kaili are cheaper than that in Guiyang. The ethnic embroideries of pockets, bags, wallets and combs are most inexpensive but most distinctive products, which are proper souvenirs for tourists. Besides, Ponkan, Mini Pig, Beef Jerk, Lusheng, Dong Brocade, Ethnic Silver Articles, Miao's Cross-stitch, etc, all can be found in Kaili.
What to Buy in Kaili
1. Ethnic Silver Ornaments
Silver ornament is the special decoration of Miao and Dong minorities, mainly worn by Miao and Dong women. For unmarried women, silver ornament is not only a symbol of beauty and wealth, but also a standard for finding a good partner. Therefore, parents will spend their property buying as much silver jewelry as possible and get a good marriage for their daughter. With exquisite production and processing technology, silver ornament is not only favored by the local people, but also tourists from all over the world.
Note: Please pay more attention to choose the silver ornaments in case of the fake products.
2. Batik products
Batik is a dyeing form created by ethnic minorities in Guizhou, with various patterns, such as flowers, fish, birds and mountains. Heated wax is used to make these beautiful works of art. Batik cloth is widely spread among Miao, Buyi, Shui and Gejia minorities. Generally speaking, Guizhou batik cloth is blue and white, except for Anshun and Pu'an areas, where red, yellow, blue may also be added. With unique ethnic style and charm, Guizhou batik has won more and more favor at home and abroad.
3. Miao's Embroideries
Guizhou is home to many ethnic minorities, and each ethnic group has its own unique embroidery style. They created many different styles, with many different themes. Each embroidery is handmade and unique. Embroidery can be found everywhere in their lives, on clothes, bags, shoes, blankets or ornaments. Miao women like needlework very much. During the festivals, Miao girls will wear the exquisite clothes made by themselves.
Lusheng, one of the ancient musical instruments especially loved by ethnic minorities, is a necessary instrument in ethnic festivals. Lusheng is a traditional Reed instrument of Miao minority, which is widely spread in Miao area like Kaili. Lusheng is a symbol of Miao culture. In the aspect of performing and playing, Lusheng integrates lyrics, music and dance into one, and maintains the primitive and simple nature of Miao history, culture and art.
Where to Buy in Kaili
Souvenirs can be found at any scenic areas, but except scenic spots, there are some shopping malls, supermarkets and markets in Kaili where you can buy the local specialties as well.
1. Yingpanpo Handicraft Article Market(营盘坡手工艺品市场)
Address: Near the Yingpanpo Minzu Hotel in Yingpan East Road, Kaili, Qiandongnan黔东南凯里市营盘东路营盘坡民族宾馆附近
2. Longbao Ethnic Silver Ornament(龙宝民族银饰)
Address: Xiaoshizi Pedestrian Street, Kaili City, Qiandongnan 黔东南苗族侗族自治州凯里市小十字步行街
3. Guomao Shopping Mall(国贸购物中心)
Address: No.21, Beijing West Road, Kaili City, Qiandongnan黔东南苗族侗族自治州凯里市北京西路21号
4. Dongfang Building(东方大厦)
Address: Beijing West Road, Kaili City, Qiandongnan黔东南苗族侗族自治州凯里市北京西路
5. Jiahui Supermarket(佳惠超市)
Address: Kaili City, Qiandongnan黔东南苗族侗族自治州凯里市
6. Longfeng Shopping Mall(隆丰商贸城)
Address: No.19, Wenhua North Road, Kaili City, Qiandongnan黔东南苗族侗族自治州凯里市文化北路19号