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Silk Clothing

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Silk Clothing

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy silk clothing - specifically a suit for tai chi - in Kunming?

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I'm not sure where to find a silk Tai Chi suit in Kunming.

Thought I would post anyhow just to point out that this is not a silk-producing region. Any silk you find here will most likely have been brought in from Hangzhou or Suzhou. If your China travels will later take you to that part of the country, you can probably find better selection and prices by waiting.

I did a Chinese-language search on Baidu asking where to buy silk clothing in Kunming, and came up with Luosiwan Wholesale Market. 螺蛳湾批发市场。That's really not very helpful, since the place is huge and one could walk around there for days without finding the right shop.

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Thanks for your response. My tour is Yunnan only, so won't be going to the other places. I've got a day to wander around before the tour starts, so I'll keep my eyes open just in case I see something suitable.

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When is your trip? I can ask around.

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I'll be in Kunming 4-5AUG, but it's no big deal - please don't go to any trouble.

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I asked my Tai Chi teacher, and she said Taobao (淘宝。) It's a popular on-line Chinese store; very difficult for foreigners to use.

s.taobao.com/search…

Edited: 04 June 2014, 01:48
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What a great website! It's only difficult to use because I can't read Chinese. :-) Is there a place close to the Haikun Hotel on Beijing Road where people practice Yang style tai chi?

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>>"Is there a place close to the Haikun Hotel on Beijing Road where people practice Yang style tai chi?"

Not that I know of.

The most popular place for early morning Tai Chi practice, all styles, is Green Lake Park. You could probably just take a taxi there a little before 8 a.m. and walk around until you saw a small group warming up, then ask if you could join in. It would not require any prearrangement.

I would enter at the north gate; since more early morning activity usually takes place there than near the south or east gates. Admission is free, and if you didn't find any suitable groups of practitioners, you could still stroll around the pretty lake while it's cool and and follow that with a simple breakfast somewhere nearby.

Not a bad way to start the day, regardless.

Edited: 06 June 2014, 01:18
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Sounds great - many thanks.

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You're welcome. Hope it works out well.

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