Tunxi Ancient Shopping Street is a well-preserved pedestrian shopping street, showing the architectural styles of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. On both sides of the street stand tea houses, wine shops, bookstores and commercial shops, plus traditionally inscribed boards, flags and banners. The street has a total length of 1,273 meters (1392 yards),
For over 100 years, this drugstore has sold Chinese herbal medicine and traditional patent medicines at wholesale and retail prices. The medicinal herbs from the store are sold to neighboring cities like Hangzhou and Shanghai. Such tonics as ginseng and edible bird's nests can be bought from the drugstore.
Bamboo shoots are grown in many places in the Yellow Mountain area, and are especially abundant in the spring. The growing conditions of Huangshan, the high rainfall and protected habitats of the mountains, make the bamboo shoots particulary tender and organic.
Being an important center of mushroom production, Yixian has a great volume of mushrooms, including 17 varieties, which are often used in the making of local cuisines. No matter when you come to Huangshan, you can be served with this featured dish of Huangshan: green vegetables with fresh local mushrooms.
Huangshan is famous for its crysanthemum tea. Huizhou in Huangshan Prefecture grows one of China's four famous chrysanthemums: the Huizhou crysanthemum. The other three are the Hangzhou white chrysanthemum, the Chu chrysanthemum and the Bo chrysanthemum.
According to ancient Chinese tradition a set of writing equipment is known as the four scholarly treasures, namely the writing brush, the ink stick, the ink pallet and paper. Huangshan produces excellent ink sticks and ink pallets. There is a century-old ink factory still operating in the traditional way where visitors can see ink sticks and made-to-order stamps (used for delivering a personal seal or other imprint in ink) being fashioned by hand. Tunxi Ancient Street has many outlets selling the four treasures. Those interested in ancient Chinese culture often buy them as souvenirs.
Naturally formed stones of bizarre shapes, bamboo or wood carvings, paintings and furniture are some of the specialities of Huangshan's shopping areas.