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       Shopping in Hefei
        After visiting some scenic areas in Hefei, you will find some local souvenirs that you can buy for your friends and your family. Here, some special local products are recommended to you for your shopping guidance.
        Four Treasures of the Study' which is famous in China refers to the four tools of Chinese calligraphy including brush, ink-stick, paper and ink-stone. In Hefei, certain counties are renowned for producing some of these treasures: Jin County is renowned for producing Xuan Paper and Xuan Pen; She County is renowned for producing Hui Ink and She Inkstone. These are all available to you for your special use in Chinese calligraphy.
        You may expect that the following special artistic souvenirs arouse your curiosity: Poker-picture is a rare and precious handicraft in Hefei. It was an art which originated at the end of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and has a history of over 300 years. Using the craft of traditional Chinese painting the poker-picture is burnt by a stencil pen at high temperature. The pictures, when completed, show scenery which covers both distant and close views and also have different shades of colors. It is a special art in China.
        Zhuhuang (a part of bamboo) painting is another special painting you can easily find in Hefei. It is a painting on which birds, flowers and natural landscape are painted. Zhuhuang is a smooth layer to be found inside of thick bamboo, thus the painting looks very much like satin. This characteristic is perhaps what makes the painting special. As is generally known, Chinese embroidery is very famous throughout the world. In Hefei a special kind of embroidery, called hair embroidery, will definitely draw your attention. This kind of embroidery is achieved by use of the long hair of man or animal instead of thread, and the resulting pictures show different shades of color and an elegant lustre.
        For those who feel like seafood, you can buy some bags of local sea products such as Chaohu whitebait and Da-zha crab. It is known that the best Da-zha crab is produced in Yangcheng Lake located in Kunshan City, while the Da-zha crab in Hefei compares equally with it. But you have to check if these are allowed to be taken with you onboard your plane, home.
        Anhui, renowned for its tea production, is the essence of Chinese tea culture. The most famous tea in Anhui is most certainly, Huangshan Maofeng which is considered one of the top ten green teas in China and, is also well-known overseas. Anhui Qihong Tea, Anhui Tun Green Tea and Anhui Houkui Tea are three other categories from which you may choose.
        For those who like to eat the local snacks, you can choose to buy bags of cooked food such as Honggao (baked cake), Mabing (sesame cake), Baiqie (white sesame slices) or, Cunjin (sesame cookie). They are all tasty sweet snacks.
        In Hefei when you want to go shopping, the place you should never miss is Huaihe Road Walking Street, located in the prosperous area on Huaihe Road, where many kinds of local products are sold. Women who are crazy about shopping can choose to go to Women Street located in Sanxiaokou on Changjiang Road.
        You will enjoy your 'adventures' in shopping as well as the added delights to be found as you tour. The following are some shopping centers introduced here for your reference:

Anhui Commercial Capital No.8 Suzhou Road  
Hefei Drum Tower Shopping Mansion No.96 Suzhou Road 
Hefei Department Store No.150 Changjiang Road
Vista International Plaza No.181 Shouchun Road


Supermarket:
 

Hejiafu Supermarket Meiling Avenue
Anhui Huadian Supermarket No.19 Qingnian Road
Shanghai Lianhua Supermarket No.150 Ningguo Road

 

Crafts:

 

Bozhou paper-cut

Hong-bin silk painting
Copper Crafts
 
Snow wood sculpture
 


Huangshan Shopping
        Huangshan City is the tourist base of Anhui Province. Such a tourist city is not as modern as the metropolis, but can boast of varieties of locally made goods constantly on display looking for buyers. Once you find yourself in the city, the recommended shopping places for your patronage are highlighted below.
Huangshan Tea City
        It is generally agreed that China is the home of tea, and if you want to know about Chinese tea further, please log on to Chinese Tea. Mt. Huangshan is a famous tea producing area in China, tea from this area is well known overseas and Huangshan tea is famed for the quality of green-tea, such as Huangshan Maofeng is regarded as the top ten green-tea of China.
        Huangshan Tea City is the largest and highest tea trade center in south Anhui Province. You can not only buy every kind of tea but can also experience tea culture first hand in tea history hall; you can have a tea taste at tasting tea hall and appreciate tea ceremony in any of the existing performance halls.
        Address: No. 35 in Hehua West Road, Huangshan City, Anhui Province, China
        The next wonderful shopping place is Tunxi Ancient Street. Stores in this street mainly deal with the elegant art wares, native products and some tourist souvenirs.
        The traditional art wares of Huangshan City are the four treasures of the study, Hui (Huizhou) Ink and She (Shexian) Inkstone. Folk arts including brick carving, stone carving, wood carving and bamboo carving, also the miniature gardens of Hui style and the jumped-up bamboo articles and furniture are all characterized with and decorated with local art flavor.
        Also you can buy some local specialty of mushroom, glossy ganoderma (a kind of precious Chinese medicine grow on cliff), loquat, Chinese gooseberry (a kind of popular fruit in China with abundant vitamins), tribute chrysanthemum and wild walnut. Remember to buy some dry bamboo shoot; the tine of the bamboo shoot is the best.
        Besides the local flavor, there are several super markets and marketplaces in Tunxi District for your patronage.
        Huangshan Branch of Shanghai Jiadeli Supermarket
        Address: Huangshan East Road, Tunxi district, Huangshan City, Anhui Province
        Huangshan New Street Shopping Marketplace
        Address: east Huangshan Middle Road, Tunxi District, Huangshan City, Anhui Province

       Huangshan Suguo Super Market-bigger all-around supermarket
        Address: Qianyuan South Road, Tunxi District, Huangshan City, Anhui Province