Chengde teems with a variety of local products and abundant natural resources which contribute to its unique folk arts and crafts. Some noteworthy natural products include wild almonds, walnuts, Chinese chestnuts, hazelnuts, mushrooms, hawthorn and nasturtium. The juice made from wild almonds here have a distinct aroma and leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is well-known here and abroad. Mushrooms in Chengde come in a variety of species and are not only widely sold in China but also throughout Asia and Europe.
One of the most popular products among tourists is cloth paste painting which combines brushwork with sculpture, embroidery, paperhanging and paper-cutting – an art form invented by folk artist Teng Teng. These attractive paintings make great wall pieces or can be laid on a table as decoration. Local woodcarving is another form of popular craft works. Walking sticks, furniture, screens and other handicraft made from rare wood from the mountains are elaborately wrought by wood carvers in Chengde. While 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.
Where to buy
Chengde Landao Dasha
For general merchandise, food, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, computers and more.
Chengde Department Store
The oldest and largest state-run shopping enterprise in the city, the Chengde Department Store is highly popular with local consumers.
The large-scale shopping malls and supermarkets are located in Nanyingzi Dajie as well as in the busy downtown area of the city center.