Home to 42 ethnic groups and border nearing Russia, Hulunbuir has many specialties to offer, its art crafts feature in heavy northern customs as well as the cultural element of local Mongolian, Ewenki, Orpqen, Daur and Russian neighboring its border. The specialty goods of Hulunbuir includes ethnic handicrafts, silver art craft, Mongolian robe, Mongolian carpet, Mongolian knife, and various wood carvings which are made exquisitely. Besides, you can also buy the Russian product in Hulunbuir, and there is a Russian Commodity Shopping Mall located in Hailar district.
What to Buy in Hulunbuir
The Mongolian silverwares can be traced back to as early as in Yuan Dynasty. Silverwares include bowl, knife, pot and wine vessel. The silverware is finely crafted, vivid in color and bright ethnic styles. The Mongolian bowl is a jewel among them.
Inner Mongolian Carpet
Inner Mongolian carpet is made of high-quality sheep wool, colored with mineral and plant biased dyes and hand woven. The main categories include natural-colored, archaized, Han Dynasty style, and artistic tapestry. In addition, there are various cushions for your choice.
Different from other famous embroideries in China, the Mongolian embroidery is made on woolen felt and leather boots as well as soft materials. It distinguishes itself by its dignified and unimposing style and vivid color contrast. The embroideries including bags, handbags, wallet and costume, bags are the best choice to be chosen as a souvenir.
Zhalantun Balck Fungus
Zhalantun black fungus is a specialty of Zhalantun city in Hulunbuir. It has been an indispensable dish for treating distinguished gusts since the Qing dynasty and reputed as the best vegetable dish with meat flavor. The black fungus is black in color with transparent appearance, shaped in human ears, containing protein, crude fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B1, B2 and other nutrients. You can buy the compressed black fungus in supermarkets and malls in Hulunbuir.
Dried beef, also known as air-dried beef, Inner Mongolia beef jerky, Inner Mongolia air-dried beef, is a specialty of Inner Mongolia, famed as “Genghis Khan's army provisions”. It contains rich protein and amino acid with high nutrition value and is good to our healthy, especially the children and elder people as well as the weak body and after the disease. Its package adopts advanced vacuum packaging technology, prolonging the quality guarantee period to one year.
Inner Mongolian Cheese
In Hulunbuir, you can eat cheese made by the local people. Cheese is the traditional food in Inner Mongolia and belongs to the White Food category, but now it has become popular national wide for it contains high calcium which benefits human body. Cheese is also called “Milk Tofu" in the Inner Mongolia. Inner Mongolian Cheese is made by milk. The milk is dried under the sun on the top of yurts. The taste of the Inner Mongolian Cheese is fragrant with milk, and with a little sourness. The guarantee period is short, so you should eat it up in time.
Where to Buy in Hulunbuir
After you have got an idea about waht to buy in hulunbuir, now comes where you can the specialties. Hulunbuir has many places for shopping, including shopping malls and centers, markets and other themed shops. The following places are recommended shopping places in Hulunbuir.
1.Russian Commodity Shopping Mall 俄罗斯商城
Address: Xijiaojie Street, Hailar District, near the Central Street and West Street 海拉尔区西交界街，近中央街和西大街
Transportation: by taking taxi cab, the flag-fall price is 6 yuan for first 2 kilometers, after 2 kilometers, 2 yuan per kilometer; after 21:00 the flag-fall price is 6.8 yuan for first 2 kilometers. after 2 kilometers, 2.4 yuan per kilometer.
Description: Tourist can buy Matryoshka dolls, binoculars, jewelry boxes, army knives, and furs.
2.Manzhouli Matryoshka Doll Square 俄罗斯套娃广场
Address: No. 23, Huabu Street, Manzhouli City 满洲里市华埠大街23号
Description: Tourists can see lots of Matryoshka dolls in various styles, also you can do some shopping there.
3.Hailar Youyi Shopping Mall 海拉尔友谊商场
Address: Xiangyang Street, Hailar District, Hulunbuir 呼伦贝尔市海拉尔区向阳街
Transportation: the flag-fall price is 5 yuan for taxi cab
Description: Hailar Youyi Shopping Mall is an old shopping center in Hailar. It is very popular among the local people.The mall is located in the center of the city, surrounded by residential districts. You can buy all kinds of local specialities there, as well as clothes, costumes and other commodities.
4.Long Feng Xin Tian Di Shopping Plaza 龙凤新天地购物广场
Address: No. 5, Shengli Street, Hailar District 海拉尔区胜利大街5号
Transportation: Take No.1 or No.2 bus, get off at Municipal Government stop, walk 100 meters and you can find the plaza
Description: It is a new central business district of local people, as well as a landscape and shopping center.