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What kinds of travel souvenirs should I take to my friend? Which specialties are only sold in Baoshan city? Unique natural environment and location, plus hard-working of Longyang people, there are many things that are worth buying. Such as Yunzi(云子)/Yongzi(永子),cauliflower pickles with bee benevolence(菜花腌菜拌蜂籽), Baoshan Mung Bean(保山绿豆),Baoshan Jizong Mushroom(鸡枞), Lujiang Mango(潞江芒果) and so on.

Yunzi Introduction
Yunzi (Traditional: 雲子; Simplified: 云子; Pinyin: Yúnzǐ) refer to special weiqi (Go) pieces manufactured in the Chinese province of Yunnan. At various times in history they have also been termed yunbian (云扁) and yunyaozi (云窑子). Though technically Yunzi refers only to sintered stones made of "yunzi" material (the exact composition is a secret), the term can also sometimes connotate stones which are single-convex of any material. Yunzi-style stones made of jade for instance, were often presented to the reigning emperor and his court ancient China.
The History of Yongzi
The production of yunzi started in the Tang dynasty and reached its peak in the Ming and Qing dynasties; the total verifiable history of yunzi spans at least five hundred years.
Among yunzi, most famous was the yongzi (永子) manufactured by Yongchang Fu (永昌府, today the city of Baoshan, Yunnan) during the Ming dynasty. It was said[by whom?] that after a fire broke out in an imperial treasury, one of the keepers, who was from Yongchang Fu, discovered that melted pearls and jade had a special luster. When he returned to his hometown, he fashioned yunzi out of the agate and amber for which Yongchang Fu was famous. These yunzi went on to be prized by the literati and were offered to the Emperor.Yunzi also appeared frequently in Chinese literature as the subject of a number of verses penned over the years, being mentioned in works such as Ming Yi Tong Zhi (Ming Dynasty Comprehensive Geographic Survey) and Travels of Xu Xiake, both of which favored the yongzi.
Today in Baoshan there are still people who have antiques dating from the Ming dynasty; among those there remain one and a half original yongzi sets.The yunzi have also been presented to international dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II.The traditional art of making yunzi was lost during the first few years of the 20th Century because of war in the region. In 1964, General Chen Yi examined the situation of yunzi while inspecting Yunnan. Zhou Enlai also inquired about the possible reproduction of yunzi. The Yunnan Sports Commission investigated the Yunzi manufacturing processes and rediscovered the art.In 1974, the state-run Yunnan Weiqi Factory began manufacturing yunzi stones.They are used in professional weiqi tournaments in China and elsewhere. According to Chinese law, the yunzi stones can only be produced by the state run Yunzi company. The company creates the yunzi in an old factory that was used by the American Flying Tigers as barracks during World War II. The formula is thought to be ground Yunnan mountain stones and agate.

Cauliflower Pickles with Bee Benevolence(菜花腌菜拌蜂籽)
"Cauliflower pickles with bee benevolence" is a favorite of Changning people,it is also a daily household delicacy on the table and is one of the hospitality feast of flavor dishes.The curing method is simple: Put the washed cauliflower into the jam jar, then pour into the prepared rice water or cold water, add pepper, Chinese prickly ash and other ingredients, add a little salt and seal the jar. Save a few days.The marinated cauliflower pickles with yellow and green adding radiance and beauty to each other has the characteristics of acid with some sweet, which is very attractive.

Baoshan Mung Bean(保山绿豆)
                         ---Unique Touxin Green(独具风味“透心绿”)

When the outsiders come to Baoshan, they always like to buy some local specialty what they call the "Baoshan mung bean" to bring back a gift for friends and relatives. This "Baoshan mung beans" for the authentic Baoshan endemic species, in other places are not seen.

Baoshan Jizong Mushroom(鸡枞)
The Baoshan Jizong Mushroom is one of the top-class mushroom types and a rare product of the mountain. You can fry it with meat or ham, or fried it alone, or boil it, or make soup with it. No matter how you cook it, it always tastes fresh and amazing. It is known as "bacteria in the flower," "King of the bacteria". Baoshan Jizong Mushroom is very nutritious, each 100 grams of dry product containing 28.8 grams protein, 42.7 g carbohydrates, 286 kcal calories, 23 milligrams of calcium and the amino acids’type and quantity is very rich. It is a rare exotic and wonderful products, there are many benefits such as good for stomach, bring down blood viscosity, cure hemorrhoids and so on.

Lujiang Mango(潞江芒果)
Lujiang Mango(潞江芒果) is also called Mameng(麻檬), Lujiangba (潞江坝) has a cultivation history of more than 400 years of the mango. Lujiang "three years mango" is yellow and glazed, big and flesh, tastes sweet, tender and delicious, and contains a variety of vitamins, rich nutrient . It is the excellent original .material of processing mango juice, jam, fruit.



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