Three Parallel Rivers Shopping

What to Buy in Three Parallel Rivers

1. Tibetan Pulu ribbons

Pulu in Tibetan language means woolen ribbon, which can be divided into Red Pulu, Blue Pulu and Cross Pulu, etc.

2. Yi Ethnic lacquer wares

The most outstanding lacquer wares in Shangri-la (former Zhongdian) area are wine vessels designed in the shapes of eagle claw, goose claw, horn and boar hoof.

3. Black pottery wares of Tangdui Village

As a tiny village standing by green grassland on which flocks of yaks, sheep and horses graze, it gives a sense of timeless tranquility. However, Tangdui Village is best known for its traditional black pottery, a miracle among Tibetan handicrafts.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Fritillary

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

8. Snow lotus herb

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

9. Crossbow

It is one of the existing primitive hunting tools, which is made of hard wood. The bowstring is made of ox tendon. Together with the bamboo arrow and arrow bag, this kind of crossbow is very powerful. Within five meters, it can strike the ordinary wooden door.

10. Dulong Carpet

Dulong carpet is a handcraft made by Dulong women. The raw materials are wild hemp and home-planted hemp. People twist the hemp into strings and dye them with liquid in different color, which are made of various plants.  

11. Local crafts

Naxi bracelets and necklaces carved with ancient Dongba hieroglyphs seem popular with visitors. Individually designed T-shirts can be created as locals have the capacity to paint on the Dongba hieroglyphics required.

Where to buy in Three Parallel Rivers

1. Bu Nong Ling (Bunong Bell) 

Location: East of the big stone bridge of Lijiang Old Town.

2. Dongba Ji Xiang Ling (Dongba Lucky Bell)

Location: No.1, Xinyuan Alley, Guangyi Street, Square Street, the Old Town

3. Li Yin (Li's Silver)

Location: No.43, Guanyuan Alley, Guangyi Street, Square Street, the Old Town

4. Sun Wood-carvings

Location: Mishi Alley, Xinyi Street, Square Street, the Old Town

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