Mount Tai Shopping
There are diverse categories special local products in Mount Tai. Mount Tai is blessed with favorable climate so that specialties here are of high quality. What you could buy in Mount Tai is peaches of Feicheng, Chinese chestnuts of Mount Tai, and jujube dates of Ningyang, and they are named “Mount Tai three specialties”. And for stuff that you could bring back as souvenirs, you could buy Shigandang of Mount Tai which is made of Mount Tai granite or trilobite fossils. And if you would like to buy some precious Chinese medicine herbs, you could choose lucid ganoderm, Polygonum multiflorum, four-leaf ginseng, lithospermu, etc. Besides, the black jade of Mount Tai, peach wooden artworks of Feicheng, ancient potteries of Dawenkou, flowers and trees bonsai, etc. are all recommended choices for visitors. Mount Tai shopping part give you further information about what to buy and where to buy in Mount Tai shopping.
What to Buy
Red Squama Fish of Mount Tai
It is a rare kind of wild fish living in deep water of Peach Blossom Valley and Rock Basin of Mount Tai, and is about 10cm long and as thick as a pinkie but very dedicate, with fresh taste and high percent of protein. The fish is extremely delicious without any fishy smell. The fish could be traced back to the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty who ever held grand ceremonies to thank heaven and earth on Mount Tai and ate this kind of fish each time. Now lots of visitors from home and abroad would like to taste the fish when they visit Mount Tai.
the pear, which is also named beauty pear, is produced in northern foot of Mount Tai. It becomes ripe earlier and well-shaped, with bright color, thin pericarp, tender sarcocarp, and succulent and fragrant taste. Moreover, it contains malic acid, citric acid, dextrose, fructose, carrot and various Vitamins, owning functions of cleaning away the heart fire, moistening the lung, relieving a cough and lowering the blood pressure.
Chestnut of Mount Tai
It is mainly produced in Mount Tai and Culai Mountain, with many categories. Its fruit is equally in size, bright in color and with thin putamina. The inner membrane is easy to be stripped. It is tasty and easy to take away for visitors.
Hawthorn of Mount Tai
The big hawthorn of Mount Tai has a long history of beyond 3000 years. This type of hawthorn bears fruit earlier, and has high yield and strong adaptability. It tastes good and could be stored for long time. Fresh hawthorn tastes both acid and sweet. It could be made into hawthorn cake, hawthorn juice and cans. Farmers always drink the leaves of hawthorn tree tea, which is good for ameliorating the symptom of headache, vertigo and lowering cholesterin, blood pressure and preventing coronary heart disease.
Codonopsis Lanceolata of Mount Tai
Codonopsis lanceolata, or lance asiabell root, is one of the famous herbal medicines of Mount Tai. It belongs to Campanulaceae renascent herbs and grows in the gap of rocks, moist valley or brae covered with shadow of trees. It is as large as carrot with coarse black and yellow skin, and has functions of cleaning away heat and toxic material, eliminating phlegm, releasing cough and making physique sturdy. Dipped in white spirits, it could help to relax the muscles and stimulate the blood circulation as well as keep fitness and replenish vital energy so that it is honored as “treasure of Mount Tai”.
It is one of four famous herbal medicines of Mount Tai which belongs to root class medicine, and it mainly grows in the Getiao Valley of Mount Tai. Raw polygonum multiflorum tastes bitter, with functions like clearing away hot and toxic material. Prepared polygonum multiflorum tastes sweet-puckery and tepor, with functions like invigorating kidney essence, aiding liver and blood, black the hair, curing symptoms of unhealthy physique, early graying hair and blood deficiency etc.
Where to Buy
Local shopping places here are mainly two areas: shopping malls inside Tai’an city and in Mount Tai sites. The main shopping centers in Tai’an city are Yinzuo Plaza and Sihai Shopping Mall. In Mount Tai, you could shop on the Tianjie Street. Here is some information about shopping places in Mount Tai area.
The Tianjie Street of Mount Tai refers to the street that starts from the Nantianmen (Heavenly Southern Gate) east to BIxia Temple. There are all sorts of shops and stores where tourists could buy some local specialties and jade and stone products that are worth collecting.
Yintai Shopping Center
It located on Caiyuan Street that is the most prosperous commercial street. The shopping center integrates catering, entertainment, business, shopping and leisure together, which offers convenience to customers.
Yinzuo City Square
Located in the city proper, it is major shopping center in Tai’an city, and provides products of all varieties. You could shop, and enjoy entertainment here.
Wenzhou Commercial Pedestrian Street
It is near the railway station, and gathers business, shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment together, with exclusive shops of shoes and clothes on both sides. You could watch fountains here.