While you are marveling at the fascinating beauty of this fairyland, do you want to bring some special souvenirs back? Jiuzhaigou is a kingdom of plant. Situate in highland and surrounded by primeval forest, Jiuzhaigou abounds in Chinese herbs,fruits and wild fungus, such as the bulb of fritillary, cordyceps sinensis, musk, apple, morels, etc. What’s more, the local Tibetan and Qiang people are good at handwork featuring ethnic culture and custom. Qiang embroidery, Tibetan knives, Thangka are popular among tourists. Yak meat is also a local specialty worth purchasing.
What to Buy
Qiang embroideries are particular nice choices. Ingrained from ancient history and culture, Qiang’s folk art shows rich content in a simple form. The most typical “Yunyun shoes” are made of cloth and shaped like a boat with thick soles. Cloudlike patterns are embroidered on the uppers of the shoes, very sturdy.
This kind of apples are rich in nutrition and provided with the function of Adjuvant therapy. Its disease prevention index and vitality index both are relatively high, meaning good for health.
Musk is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine, which is the secretion of the glands between the belly button and the genitals. After being dried, it is granulated or lumpy, with special aroma and bitter taste. It can be made into spices and can be used as medicine.
Fritillary is a perennial herbaceous plant, whose bulbs can be used for medicine, working for heat-clearing,cough-relieving and sputum-reducing. According to origin and varietal, it can be divided into three categories: bulbus fritillariae cirrhosae, thunberg Fritillary Bulb and rhizoma bolbostemmae.
Yak meat is the best beef easy to carry, with good taste and long shelf life. It is also the hot products for shopping in Jiuzhaigou, which can be bought in many shops near Jiuzhaigou. The price of yak meat is very expensive, ranging from 150-300RMB per kilo. It is very wise to sample before you buy it.
Tibetan handicrafts are of exquisite workmanship and rich in variety. Small handicrafts with ethnic characteristics are suitable for giving friends as a present or bringing home. However, it is not recommended to buy a Tibetan knife for its sharp blade that is easy to hurt others. Beside, it maybe difficult to be checked by air.
Morels are the most famous and edible fungi in the ascomycetes, which are beneficial to intestines and stomach, as well as the dispelling phlegm and regulating vital energy. In Jiuzhaigou county, most morels are half-artificially cultivated in the transitional area between coniferous forest and alpine grasslands, in high elevations above 3000 meters. The name comes from the shape of sheep tripes.
Where to Buy
Almost all the tourist souvenirs full of ethnic characteristics could be brought in the tourist centers and adjacent Pengfeng village, Bianbian street, etc.
Jiuzhaigou Bianbian Street
With a total length of 2.2 kilometers, Bianbian street is a riverside street full of strong Tibetan customs with traditional Tibetan architectural style. It is about 1km far away from Jiuzhagou entrance. There are many little chophouses, boutique, and pubs standing at the both sides of the street. Wandering along the street, visitors could enjoy their cozy time with endless delight.
As the nearest Tibetan village, Pengfeng Village is located at the entrance of Jiuzhaigou. It is almost the most prosperous blocks in the Jiuzhaigou, with stores, restaurants, hotels on both sides of the street, from where you can buy your favorite souvenirs with strong ethnic characteristics.
Nuorilang Tourists Center
Located in the center of Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot, this comprehensive service center is both for tourists-service and handicrafts & souvenir. There are a variety of stylistic and traditional folk items such as Tangka, Qiang embroidery, Tibetan-Qiang silver and gold articles,yak meat, etc.
Jiuzhaigou Gully Market
Located at the entrance of Jiuzhaigou, it is the only place that you must go through to buy tickets or enter into the scenic spot. Jiuzhaigou Gully Market has a wide variety of stalls selling some small Tibetan articles, yak horn combs, folk craftworks and so on.