A few weeks ago, my friend Meredith asked if I would be interested in spending a long weekend in Jingdazhen. I had no idea what Jingdazhen was, but enjoy traveling in China. Meredith explained that Jingdazhen was the birthplace of porcelain… and that you could get amazing deals on all kinds of handmade porcelain. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a blast and I’m so glad I went!
Saturday morning my friends Meredith, Chris, Amy and I headed to the airport. With a quick stop at McDonald’s for their breakfast (because let’s be honest, McDonald’s breakfast is the best way to start any day!), we hopped on the plane. Jingdazheng is only an hour away from Shanghai so the flight was quick and easy.
After checking into our hotel, we headed out to the porcelain markets. Information is hard to find online (this is a really non touristy part of China. Throughout the entire weekend, barely anybody spoke English and we were often pointed at and people took pictures of us because they hadn’t seen white people before! ha!)
The markets were less crowded than I thought, and really fun. Of course there were cheap pieces, but there was a lot of really nice things that were sold for really, really good prices!
Look at these beautiful dish sets! They are Chinese style, which is why there are so many rice bowls! I ended up splurging on a beautiful set!
Amy and Meredith shopping inside the markets!
This set was on the cheaper side, but I know it will look beautiful in my apartment. I am planning on putting it in my kitchen to offer people tea when they come over! Cute, right?
Another cool thing we found was a small woodwork shop. The quality on these pieces was gorgeous– I bought a beautiful jewelry box for $10! There were also the cutest little girls in the shop I enjoyed playing with (what can I say, I love kids!)
Enjoying a street breakfast!
+Bring cash or a Chinese approved card, like Union Pay. Visa wasn’t accepted anywhere!
+BARTER. This is one of my tried and true market tips; the price they first tell you is the price you NEVER should pay! Negotiate!
+Bring an extra suitcase if you can, or box everything up. None of us did this, and arrived to the airport without knowing what to do. BUT if you don’t bring an extra suitcase, don’t fear! You can pay for packaging. (It was only $8, and everything arrived perfectly in its place!)
Here is the service the airport offers. Everything arrived in one piece. Woo!
This was a great weekend getaway and if you live in China, I can’t recommend it more!
I’m having trouble working the linkup for the weekly wrap up! If you wrote a post about what you did this weekend, please share it in the linkup. I will be sure to check out your post, and the linkup will be back to normal next week! Thanks for your patience!