The city of Chengde, lies to the north of the Great Wall, and teems with a variety of local products due to its abundant natural resources. In addition, its profound cultural heritage has contributed to the city's unique folk arts and crafts. While traveling there, you are provided with many options should you wish to buy local specialties or just do some leisurely window shopping.
The special natural products to be found there are wild almonds, walnuts, Chinese chestnuts, hazelnuts, mushrooms, hawthorn and nasturtium, etc. The almond juice made from wild almonds has distinct aroma and leaves a pleasantly lingering aftertaste, which is well known at home and abroad. The Chengde mushrooms come in a variety of species and these are not only widely sold in China but also throughout Asia and Europe. Most of this produce can be found in Kangqian Tourist Shopping Mall which is located at B1B, Rongji Garden, Puning Lu.
One of the most popular products with tourists visiting Chengde is Teng's Cloth-Pasted Painting which is regarded as a 'unique talent of Cathay'. It is a new style of painting combining brushwork with sculpture, embroidery, paperhanging and paper-cutting, an art form invented by the folk artist Teng Teng. These attractive paintings can be hung on the wall or laid on a table as a truly perfect decoration.
Local woodcarving is another of the famous craft works. Walking sticks, furniture, screens and other handicraft made from rare wood from the mountains are elaborately wrought by the wood carvers.
Paper-cutting in Fengning County, silk brocade and tablets of the Mountain Resort, porcelain carving, calligraphy and painting, as well as jade pillows are also characteristic souvenirs of Chengde.
Recommended shopping places:
In the main, the large-scale shopping malls and supermarkets are located in Nanyingzi Dajie as well as in the busy downtown area of the city center.
Chengde Landao Dasha
Address: No.19, Xinxing Jie
Mainly deals with general merchandise, food, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, and computers, etc.
Chengde Department Store
Address: No.1, Wenjia Gou
This is the oldest and largest state-run enterprise in that city that carries articles of daily use and is highly popular with local consumers.
Address: No.5, Wenjia Gou
Puning Jie is also a good place for shopping. It is a cultural commercial street lying in the eastern courtyard of the Puning Temple. You can appreciate the folk performances whilst buying some curios, famous tea, jade articles, brocades and other local products.