As the economic, cultural and political center of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot has many to offer in its specialties and souvenirs which are full of regional characters. Hohhot displays special local products from all over Inner Mongolia such as silverware including bowl, knife, pot and wine vessel as well as Inner Mongolian carpet, Mongolian knife, Mongolian embroidery. China Dragon Tour will offer you information about what representative specialties and souvenirs to buy and where to buy in Hohhot.
What to Buy in Hohhot
The Mongolian silverwares can be traced back to as early as in Yuan Dynasty. Silverwares include bowl, knife, pot and wine vessel. The silverware is finely crafted, vivid in color and bright ethnic styles. The Mongolian bowl is a jewel among them.
Inner Mongolian Carpet
Inner Mongolian carpet is made of high-quality sheep wool, colored with mineral and plant biased dyes and hand woven. The main categories include natural-colored, archaized, Han Dynasty style, and artistic tapestry. In addition, there are various cushions for your choice.
Different from 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. The embroideries including bags, handbags, wallet and costume, bags are the best choice to be chosen as a souvenir.
Ox Horn Handicrafts
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 bottles and cups, necklaces, rings, earrings, hairclips, comb belt and calligraphy series. Among them, Ox horn comb is highly recommended to you.
Inner Mongolian Cheese
In Hohhot, you can eat cheese made by the local people. Cheese is the traditional food in Inner Mongolia and belongs to the White Food category, but now it has become popular national wide for it contains high calcium which benefits human body. Cheese is also called “Milk Tofu" in the Inner Mongolia. Inner Mongolian Cheese is made by milk. The milk is dried under the sun on the top of yurts. The taste of the Inner Mongolian Cheese is fragrant with milk, and with a little sourness. The guarantee period is short, so you should eat it up in time.
Hair Weeds (发菜)
It is a kind of wild edible algae with high nutritional value and medicinal value. The main producing area is Siziwang Banner area of Ulanqapu League. It contains 20% protein, 1.1% iodine, tastes delicious and refreshing, and is a rare delicacy in a feast. Moreover, Hair weeds contribute to treating hypertension and women's disease.
Where to Buy in Hohhot
As the economic center of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot has many places for shopping, including shopping malls and centers, markets and other themed shops. The following places are recommended shopping places in Hohhot.
1. Dazhao Temple Qing Ming Street 大召寺明清一条街
Address: West of Dazhao Temple, Yuquan Dstrict, Hohhot City
Transportation: No. 6, 38, 42, 58, 59 buses, getting off at Dazhao Stop
Description: Many folk handicrafts sold at reasonable prices, best place to buy souvenirs.
2.Victoria Shopping Center 维多利购物中心
Address: Take No.1, Zhongshan West Road, Huimin District, Hohhot
Transportation: There are many buses getting there, you can take No. 1, 3, 4, 16 18, 19, 21, 26 buses, get off at Hailiang Square Stop.
Description: It is the largest shopping center in Hohhot.
3.Inner Mongolia Antique Shop 内蒙古玩店
Address: Xilin North Road, Xincheng District, Hohhot City
Description: Best place to buy handicrafts.