In recent years, since the profit gained on traditional investments such as stocks and real estate is very low, the 'walnut market' begins to spring up. The price of a large walnut can reach 10,000 US dollars. In the past walnuts were used for games in the Chinese imperial court and people moved around walnuts in their palms to improve their blood circulation. Nowadays not only do rich people regard walnuts as an investment, these nuts also become a status symbol.
Walnut collector Kou Baojun says that bigger size, older 'age' and a symmetric shape make the walnut valuable. Another collector Hu Zhenyuan says: "the investment in walnuts is rising each year. A pair of walnuts that cost 350 RMB a decade ago can be sold now for 3500 RMB.
In 2010 investment in walnuts reached its peak, after the central Chinese government restricted the real estate market. In the last three years, walnuts, bottle gourd (calabash), crickets and other 'toys' are gaining popularity. In an E-Commerce website that trades walnuts, the marked price for a certain pair of walnuts is 31,000 US dollars.
 股票 gǔpiào - stocks
 房地产 fángdìchǎn - real estate
 传统资产 chuántǒng zīchǎn - 'traditional' assets
 宫廷 gōng tíng - imperial palace
 手掌 shǒuzhǎng - palm
 血液循环 xuèyè xúnhuán - blood circulation
 身份的象征 shēnfèn de xiàngzhēng - status symbol
 收藏家 shōucáng jiā - collector
 均匀 jūnyún - even, symmetric
 顶峰 dǐngfēng - peak
 红火 hóng huǒ- popular
 电子商务网站 diànzǐshāngwù wǎngzhàn - E-Commerce internet website