When you walk on Hengyang streets, you will find many shopping centers, department stores, supermarkets situated on both sides of the streets. As the economic development in that city steadily grows, it is becoming commercially prosperous. Many famous brand commodities in China and around the world can be bought in Hengyang. Its local special craftwork and featured food attracts visitors both home and abroad.
The craftwork is usually first choice among the local souvenirs. The following craftwork must be included in your shopping list. Jie Brand Porcelain is renowned as 'the elite of oriental art' and it has many different kinds; such as tableware, teaset, etc. They are of high quality and have gentle color and luster. Che Mu (a kind of wood-carving) is special craftwork from Hengyang. They are carved into many different configurations - personality, beast, ancient pagoda, etc. The craftwork reflects different fairy tales. Bamboo-carving is of the kind of ikebana canister, tea canister, flower canister, etc. Hengzhou Ink belongs to one of the Chinese famous traditional inks. If you are interested in Chinese calligraphy, you can buy it to write characters or draw pictures. There is Zhurong Tourism Souvenir Market and Yucheng Shanzhuang Shopping Mall on Zhurong Peak of Mt. Hengshan where you can buy some Buddhist craftwork and souvenirs. Also, there is a 'Bamboo-building Street' at the back of Nanyue Temple, which sells these Buddhist craftwork. In Hengyang City, there is a place called 'Nanyue Tourism Craftwork City' where the root carving, miniascape and other souvenirs mentioned above can be bought.
Some local snacks will arouse your appetite if you wander in the streets in that city. Crisp Moon Cake (Shi Gu Brand) is made of extract flour, cream, stuffing of rose flavor, sweet-scented osmanthus flavor and very tasty sweet snacks. Sweet-smelling Penang Dasheen is rich in fecula, protein, fat and multi-vitamin, and Penang Dasheen is a very special local product in Hengyang. In addition, local fruits such as Qi Dong persimmon, Qi Dong Chufa, Bai Tang (white sugar) plum, Chinese gooseberry (kiwi fruit), Hengshan Chinese date are all very nutritious and tasty.
Hengshan is a tea-producing region. Yun Wu Tea is produced on the high mountains of Mt. Hengshan and it has been the tribute for the royal court since Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). When it is infused, the fragrance is pure. There are many other kinds for you to try, such as Yue Bei Da Bai Tea, Ta Sha Sha Lan Tea, Qi Dong Hong Sui Tea are all special in taste. Besides, Hengshan as a city boasts of its wine production. For those who feel like drinking wine, it is really a good place. Hu Zhi Liquor has been regarded as the tribute wine since North Wei Dynasty (386 - 534) and is good in taste. Zhang Fei Jiu (Liquor) uses the choice sticky rice as the material for making wine and thus has a full taste and excellent fragrance. Yan Jing Beer is a kind of alcohol that is popular among youngsters.
In Hengyang City, there are many department stores and supermarkets for you to buy the above-mentioned local products:
Guang Bai Department Store
Address: No.55 Jiefang Road
Getting there: Bus No.31 passes by Jiefang Road.
You Yi Jin Zhu Square
Address: No.2 Chuanshan Road
Getting there: Bus No.27, K38 pass by Chuanshan Road.
Yin Hua Wang He Supermarket
Address: No.168 Huancheng Road (south)
Getting there: Bus No.26 passes by Huancheng Road (south).
Jin Peng Supermarket
Address: No.28 Heping Road (north)