My 6 China Must-Haves When Traveling Back Home | Speaking of China

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  1. baixiaotai
    baixiaotai July 11, 2016 at 10:03 am | | Reply

    for me it would be tea and some spices 🙂 And, of course, Yunnanese flower cakes 🙂

  2. Jenna Cody
    Jenna Cody July 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm | | Reply

    I’d say 老干媽 (yes, we can get that in Taiwan, they sell it at 7-11 now – it used to be in the fancy import stores only). You can get it in the US but you have to go very far afield for it.

    I also prefer 白花油 to the green stuff. That and Tiger Balm are Singaporean, not Chinese, but still great.

    From Taiwan I always bring Muji socks (I know Muji is Japanese but they are so popular in Taiwan it hardly matters), house slippers because after a decade in Taiwan I can’t imagine wearing shoes in the house, the aforementioned White Flower Oil, my blue “protest” water bottle (covered in stickers from various Taiwanese protests – people often read them and ask who “Bumbler Ma” is), stationery, which Taiwan excels at, and Taiwanese tea – we make the best high mountain oolong, hands down.

  3. Jenna Cody
    Jenna Cody July 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm | | Reply

    Another good one to bring from China if you cook is flower pepper for Sichuanese food. Even in Taiwan, so close by, they are not that common because they’re imports. Unless there is a Chinese grocery nearby, in the US you’d have to search very hard to find them. But my dad loves Chinese dishes with Sichuan flavors so I always bring them to cook.

  4. Traveller at heart
    Traveller at heart July 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm | | Reply

    A timely post, Jocelyn????. Thank you.

    I never thought of silk scarfs as a present. It wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy and economical to post, too.

    Have a great time in the States.

  5. Ava
    Ava July 12, 2016 at 9:12 am | | Reply

    Lovely article, Jocelyn. What’s Fengyou Jing?
    Have a safe journey home and am thinking many positive thoughts for Jun’s court date.
    Hope you’re feeling much better now (-:

  6. Timo
    Timo July 13, 2016 at 3:33 am | | Reply

    Can’t really say much to this as we are always only for a few weeks in CHina but we do certainly take much tea with us back to Europe each time. Besides that we take about 2 big suitcases full of snacks!!

  7. Marta
    Marta July 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm | | Reply

    The medicinal patches are great! I used them once that I got back pain and I also gave to my mum, who complains of neck pain. I also can’t live without tiger balm, I use it for mosquito bites.

    When I go back to Spain I usually bring some cookies and sweets, it’s not that they are especially tasty comparing to the ones we have in Spain but the packaging is always cute. The small mushrooms (chocolate cap, biscuit foot) are always a hit, haha. My brother loves the Orion chocopies (Korean, I know…). Last year I brought silk scarves for all my aunts and they loved them. For my cousins I got that hand cream with the packaging like the 1930s Shanghai, and also face masks, which are not really common in Spain!

  8. Mary
    Mary July 14, 2016 at 2:17 am | | Reply

    Tiger balm… I miss you!

    Tea is a great present! Tea was one of the (or maybe the only) things I bought in bulk, because tea in China is so darn good. Even in Asian stores here it’s hard to find the flower teas, which are my favorite. Pu-er can also be bought at a much lower cost in China… here in the USA, pu-er is such a hard find and it’s crazy expensive!

    Have a good trip back to the states! The circumstances aren’t so good, but I’m wish you and John the best of luck!

  9. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen July 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm | | Reply

    I’m lucky to live in the Seattle area. Good loose leaf green tea from China, Taiwan, and Japan are easy to find here. There are two good tea stores within walking distance of my house. I buy dried Jujube dates from a store which is a 10-minute drive away.

    Looking at your Golden throat lozenge makes me wonder, can you buy cough drops in China that have no sugar and no artificial sweetener? I know, I’m probably asking for the impossible. I have an asthmatic cough, and I hate to ingest too much of either sugar are artificial sweetener.

    I hope you enjoy your trip back to the States. Best wishes.

  10. maria
    maria July 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm | | Reply

    yeah,agree with you. i really love the tea from China. when i went there recently, my partner would prepare a hot tea for me every morning similar to the one you have posted above. when i back to my country he bought a tea for me but too expensive. i’d like to post the photos to share but i do not know how to attach here. take care on your travel.

  11. Cassie
    Cassie July 17, 2016 at 7:19 am | | Reply

    I love to bring back tea. There are salted, dried orange peels from Shanghai that I love. They clear the mouth after a meal kind of like gum. My mother-in-law makes a soup from the dates. They are very good!

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