Rich in natural resources and local specialties, Chongqing is a good place to do some shopping. Because the city is surrounded by mountains, there are many rare Chinese traditional herbal medicines available. Keep your eyes peeled for Chinese goldthread (huanglian), Gastrodia elata (tianma), and eucommia bark (duchong). The fertile land here is also ideal for fruit trees. Huangsha pomelo may be the most famous with its unusually succulent, sweet, and rich honey fragrance.
The area also has a long history as a major tea-production zone. Chongqing Tuo Tea, Cuiping Silver Needle Tea and Xinong Maojian Tea are all popular both in China and internationally. Folk handicrafts are highly regarded as well. Since the Southern Song Dynasty, Shu Embroidery has been ranked among the four most famous styles of embroidery in China. Rongchang paper fans have also been exported since the Qing dynasty. For those wanting to purchase some interesting foods to take back to your friends a number of tasty specialties are good choices including: Old Sichuan translucent beef slices, Peiling mustard tuber, and Hechuan preserved pear slices.
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