Nanjing is famous for its local arts and crafts. The most famous three are the cloud brocade, paper-cuttings, and imitations of ancient ivory carvings. Other famous products and handcrafts include Nanjing colorful pebbles, Jinling gold foils, Nanjing velvet flowers, Jinling folded fans, wood carvings, velvet and jade objects. Additionally, being a modern metropolis, Nanjing also offers an array of dazzling shopping malls and department stores, stocked with plenty of international brand names, which can be found in the commercial areas of the city.
Imitation Ancient Ivory Carvings
Nanjing's Yuhua Tea is said to be one of the ten renowned tea categories in China. The green and erect tea leaves are considered a metaphor for the spirit of patriotic soldiers, giving the tea the name of this patriotic memorial place. The tender leaves are processed with great care and have a delicate appearance and fresh taste. The tea is said to protect against food poisoning, refreshing the body, quenching thirst and cleansing the system. It is often presented as a gift to friends.
Jinling Gold Leaf
Nanjing's Yuhua Pebbles are scented stones which make for a peculiar tourist souvenir. It is said that the stone is tough quartz, chalcedony, and precious gems.The Yuhua Pebble is commonly called as "the colored agate of rain". Apparently to appreciate this rock, you must examine its color, line, quality, and shape. It is said that in 1955, among the grave products of the Neolithic Age explored in Nanjing, the Chinese found 24 Yuhua pebbles (meaning there is at least 5000 years behind these rocks). Designers and craftsman have made masterpieces by using Yuhua Pebble as raw materials such that people from around the world praised it as a new talent in the realm of art and literature in jade carving.
The main shopping streets in Nanjing include the shopping area near city central area in Xinjiekou, Hunan Lu in the northern part of the city near Xuanwu Gate and Taiping Nanlu, and Fuzimiao area in the south. There are also many dazzling department stores selling all kinds of brand name items throughout Nanjing's commercial areas. Please read
As the central landmark of the city, the downtown area of Xinjiekou is both the transport and business center of the city. Hotels including Jinling Hotel, a metro station, public buses and other tourist facilities provide tourists with the convenient accommodation and access to every corner of the city. Department stores, brand-name stores, and large shopping centers in this area sell dazzling world-famous brands.
Culture Street - Changjiang LuCulture Street starts from Xinjiekou Crossing goes north one block to reach Changjiang Lu. It is known as a cultural street as it has Xuyuan Garden, Provincial Art Museum, People's Hall, Jinling Library Building, and the City Art Center along both sides.
Science Tech Street - Zhujiang Lu
Antique Market – Chaotian Gong
Chaotian Gong (Palace) was originally established in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) as a school for educating noble children in court etiquette. The buildings house a range of local institutions from an antique market to a qigong (a Chinese Martial Arts) institute. Now, the market is a meeting place for many Chinese antique collectors some of whom run small businesses at their own stalls. Come and search for some treasure trove. One thing you should bear in mind is that the sellers are very convincing. Don't part with your money unless you are able to tell the real things from the fakes.
Jinling Department Store
Gold Eagle International Shopping Center
The Gold Eagle International Shopping Center located on No. 89 Hanzhong Road in Nanjing, is a huge mall offering international standards where famous international and domestic brand merchandises including daily-use articles, jewelry, men's and ladies' wear, and electrical household appliances are sold.
The Central Mall located on No. 79 Zhongshan South Road in Nanjing is good for shopping, sightseeing, catering, amusement and leisure. In addition to selling and producing general merchandise, vendors and supplies here also have the business right to import and export goods.
Xinjiekou Department Store
The Xinjiekou Department Store located in Xinjiekou in Nanjing sells some 50,000 kinds of commodities.