FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Shanghai, Boutique Art, Tea, Jade

Oct 1, 2008
2008 / October 2008

Chinese culture is hand-sewn into silk slippers with leather soles by Suzhou (“sue-joe”) Cobblers. The Shanghai boutique’s artists create a rainbow of styles, including Mandarin Duck, Plum Flower and Green Tea. About $100 to $230. (http://www.suzhou-cobblers.com)

A trip to China isn’t complete without appreciating its fine porcelain. These cloisonné plates are hand-painted with dragons and phoenixes, which represent unity. The surrounding Jindi patterns are inlaid with red copper wire. About $100 to $140. (http://www.artisticchinesecreations.com)

“Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.” This ancient Chinese proverb speaks of the nation’s 2,000-yearlong love of tea. A popular choice is Dragon Well (Longjing), grown in the West Lake area and revered for its sweet taste and nutritional punch. About $25 for 50 grams. (http://www.teaspring.com)

Jade represents many virtues to Chinese people, among them beauty and power. Some believe the stone transmits Qi, or an energy flow, to its wearer. This pendant commemorates 2008’s Year of the Rat. About $25. (http://www.yingyujade.com)

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