Deqin County Shopping

The area around Deqin is a sparsely populated region. Most of the inhabitants are Tibetans. There are some typical local products that you can take. Because of the unique geographical location and complicated topography, there are a lot of medicinal herbs in Deqin County. So when travel to Deqin County, visitors can buy some medicinal herbs at local shops. 

What to Buy

1. Highland barley wine

Highland barley wine is one of the three symbolic goods of Tibetan culture. It is a unique kind of wine brewed by the highland barley and the unpolluted snow water or spring water. It is the favorite wine of the Tibetan people, a must in big festivals, celebrations and daily lives.

2. Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Ophiocordyceps sinensis (formerly known as Cordyceps sinensis) is an entomopathogenic fungus (a fungus that grows on insects) found in mountainous regions like Diqing and Tibet. It parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body which used to be valued as a herbal remedy which is thought to improve human immunity.

3. Yak meat

This is a sweet and delicately flavored red meat. Yak is juicier than buffalo and elk, and never gamey. It is lighter tasting than beef, never greasy. This all-natural premium lean meat is never bland or mushy. This most desirable flavor and “feel”for discerning palettes come from its lean tender meat and natural oils.

4. Deqin Tea

Snow Tea is a kind of tea leaves produced from Deqin County. The Snow Tea grows in areas of 3,600 meters high and above the sea level of cold temperature zone.

5. Matsutake

Matsutake grows in pine tree forest or brushwood under the elevation of 3,600m. It is a kind of edible food and is of great nutrition and values. Part of Matsutake produced in Deqin is exported to Japan and has been one of the important income resources for the local farmers.

6. Fritillary

The function of Fritillary is to relieve a cough and reduce phlegm. This herb grows in highlands, forests and valleys of 2,800 – 4,500m high.

7. Snow lotus herb

It has great medicinal functions and grows in places in snow mountains of 4,000 meters high.

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