From the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Lijiang has been an important stop of the Tea-Horse Trading Route. The Lijiang Old Town, which was once an important meeting point for all kinds of trade, nowadays, is still a distribution point for merchandise from different parts of China. The souvenirs are stamped with ethnic and folk features.
Naxi Fresco is worth buying as souvenir or gifts for family and friends. The Naxi Fresco is praised as the gem of Naxi culture reflecting the kind and intelligent aspect of Naxi people. A piece of Naxi Fresco, with its elaborate pictures and use of pastel colors provides a wonderful decoration to family and friends.
Naxi Silver Ornaments
Lijiang is not only renowned for breathtaking sceneries and Naxi Dongba Culture, but also for producing a variety of ethnic handicrafts combining classic simplicity and modern vitality in a perfect way. Even in the Qing Dynasty, Lijiang silver ornaments had won great reputation in Tibet, India, Nepal etc. The silver ornament features soft and bright in color. It is said that silver ornaments could avoid evil spirits.
Knitted shawls of the Naxi Group have been popular among female travelers for a long time. They can be used either as accessories or cold-protecting clothes. Usually shawls are well-knitted by local, so some are very precious and high in price. Travelers can buy some for family and friends as gifts.