Daye, a small mining city, is not on any tourist routes for foreign visitors in China. However, if you are interested in buying some quality pieces of malachite, then a visit in is order. There are at least five or six shops in Daye that specialize in selling malachite. This green mineral is fairly expensive, so come prepared to pay a hefty price for a quality piece. Be aware that 90% of the malachite you see in the Daye shops has been imported from Africa. The African malachite should be less expensive than native Chinese material. Unless, you are well versed with malachite, most people cannot distinguish African from Chinese malachite. Be certain to let the store managers or owners know if you are seeking true Chinese malachite. The shops are scattered along the main street and it helps greatly if you have someone familiar with Daye to go with you.