Hohhot Shopping

Mongolian handicrafts sold in a souvenir shop
Mongolian handicrafts made in a factory
Hohhot displays special local products from all over Inner Mongolia. These products can be bought at both fair and market, whilst special products can be bought from shopping centers. If you are interested in handicrafts such as calligraphy, chinaware, jade ware, bamboo, and woodcarvings, Inner Mongolia Antique Shop on Xilin North Road may give you some surprises.


As early as in Yuan Dynasty, Mongolian have been famous for their use of silverwares. Silverwares include bowl, knife, pot and wine vessel. The silverware is finely crafted, vivid in color and traditional ethnic designs. The Mongolian bowl is a jewel among them.

Inner Mongolian carpet is made of local wool, colored with mineral and plant biased dyes and hand woven. The main categories include natural-colored, archaized, Han Dynasty, and artistic tapestry. In addition, there are various cushions.

Cashmere is a rare raw material for textile. Cashmere from Inner Mongolia is world famous. So is camel hair, which can be made into woolen cloth and carpet.

Mongolian knives
Mongolian knives

Mongolian knife is a daily article and a status symbol as well. All will look down on a man without his knife. The blade is made of steel while the handle is made of ox horn and red wood. The Camel-shaped knife is particularly worth mentioning. The camel body is made of redwood or birch while the handle is made from ox horn and camel bone. However, before your purchase any knife, consult with your airline as to whether knife is allowed packed in your luggage.

Mongolian women learn embroidery at an early age. At about 10, girls learn to make socks and pouches. In contrast to 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.

Ox horn handicrafts are roughly divided into three categories: wall-decoration, ornaments and accessories. Altogether there are more than 100 types of products such as animals, bottles and cups, necklaces, rings, earrings, hairclips, belt and calligraphy series.

Ancient nomads used ox horn to hold alcohol when they made an alliance. This ox horn is called alliance cup. A pair of ox horns is polished and then cups made of silver or copper are set into the horns. The ends are decorated with a metal flower pattern, silk knots, and fringes.

Animal skin picture
Animal skin picture

Mongolian men usually wear a refined snuff bottle on the left side of their belt. Snuff bottles are usually made of jade, emerald, agate, amber, tortoise, or fine porcelain. Both lid and bottle rims are plated with gold or silver, beset with ruby and corals. Connected to the lid is a small spoon made of bone. When two men meet, they will put their snuff bottle on the hand as a gift after greeting.

Birch handicrafts include boxes, cases, pail, bow and basins with ethnic patterns.

Gems include ruby, sapphire, topaz and agate. Agate is the most widespread.

Milk tea pot is made of copper or silver. In the center of the silver pot is a dragon dotted with lotus or other flowers. The pot is a harmonious combination of art and design.

Oleaster, or Russian olive, is a popular fruit among children and women. In the Qing Dynasty, this fruit was a symbol of friendship; today, people still treat guests with it. Local children will pick the blossom for rare guests to enjoy the fragrance of the Oleaster flowers and then give you a brownish-red stick as rolling pin. The locals cluster bunches of Oleaster into a screen, an original decoration.

Glossy Ganoderma is a rare herb good for the immune system. It is very precious because as it cannot be cultivated. Jew's ear is tonic and delicious. It can be cultivated manually. Sunflower seeds grown in Inner Mongolia are famous all over China owing to their size and taste.

Hotan honeydew melon is a treasure in melons. It has the tastes of pear, apple, peach and banana, sweet and fragrant.

For daily articles, you can go to:

Parkson located at No.212 Zhongshan West Road

Tianyuan Store at Zhongshan West Road

Mandula Commercial Building at Wuta East Street

Beijing-Hualian Department Store Hohhot Ltd. Com at Nuohemule Street

Inner Mongolian Nationality Department Store at Zhongshan West Road

Weiduoli Department Store at Zhongshan West Road

Commercial Building at Wuta East Street

- Last updated on Jun. 20, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Shopping in Hohhot
Asked by Trisniati from INDONESIA | Jul. 01, 2019 05:11Reply
Good quality real cashmere with competitive price in Hohhot
1. Where to buy in Hohhot for REAL cashmere with competitive price?
2. Do you have a factory of cashmere there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Diamond from USA | Jul. 01, 2019 19:48

Generally speaking, the best real cashmere brand is Erdos. Maybe you can buy it at No.129, East Daxue Street, Saihan District.
Asked by David from USA | Jan. 28, 2017 08:53Reply
We will be coming to Hohhot in April to work on construction project.
And need to know where we can purchase tools such as table saws, drills and handsaws that are compatible with China's electricity.
Answers (1)
Answered by Cooper from DENMARK | Feb. 02, 2017 21:17

You are suggested to go to Xingchenyuan Hardware Building Materials Store. Maybe you can find these things there. It is located at No.09, Building B, Tianxu Squre, South Hulun Road.
Asked by jargal from CHINA | Oct. 22, 2015 22:03Reply
Where I can find the Clarks shop in Hohhot.
The address and hope to get there by taxi
Answers (1)
Answered by Miller from USA | Oct. 23, 2015 02:00

I remember that Victoria International Plaza has such shop. You can go and see. The address is No.8, Xinhua Avenue.
Asked by China from ENGLAND | Feb. 09, 2015 07:00Reply
Hello, where can I get a manicure and pedicure cheap in Hohhot?
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Answered by Elizabath from CANADA | Feb. 09, 2015 20:09

There are lots of places that can meet your demands in this city. I know one named 'Jiangxidao Leisure Centre' that provides good service and comfortable environment. You and go and see.
It's located at No.112, Danan Street, Yuquan District. Hope you like!
Asked by Joy from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 07, 2014 03:52Reply
Can you buy gluten-free food in Hohhot?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ivan from RUSSIA | Jul. 08, 2014 01:50

I suggest you try to find such food at local large supermarket, such as Vanguard and Hualian supermarket!
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