What to buy & Where to do the shopping in Lijiang? With Lijiang ancient town as a major showcase for merchandise and handicrafts in northwestern Yunnan, you can buy all kinds of local special product coming from different regions of Southwestern China. You should be patient when shopping in Lijiang ancient town, because lots of interesting things can only be found in some lonely alleyways; and don't buy overabundant merchandise during your Lijiang tour, make sure that whether it's convenient for you to take back home or not.
Along the alleyways of the ancient town, there are many local stores selling handicrafts. Because most of the handicrafts there are handmade, the price for them is relatively a little more expensive. For example, an ordinary handbag with the price of 20 Yuan, yet you can bargain for a much fair price of about 12 Yuan. Most interestingly, sometimes you can watch the whole making process of the handicrafts.
For the tourists who would like to collect murals, the local Naxi murals will be a good choice for you. You can buy one at the price of about 15 Yuan to 30 Yuan. The murals can be used as table cloth with unexpected magnificence.
There is a square shape market named "Sifang Street" in the central area of Lijiang ancient town. With tidy stores along the streets, this market becomes the most important traditional market in Lijiang.