Mount Everest Shopping
Mount Everest shopping will bring you some information about what to buy and where to buy at Mount Everest. Mount Everest is high, cold and sparsely-populated, even if you can buy something there, the options are limited. In addition, you may face some difficulties like altitude sickness when you are at Mount Everest, so if you want to bring some local specialties home, it is suggested to buy in Shigatse or Lhasa.
What to Buy at Mount Everest
All over Tibet, the souvenirs you can buy are much the same. What you can buy is nothing but thangka, Tibetan knife, Tibetan costume and other articles with Tibetan characteristics. However, the small shops at Mount Everest can only meet the needs of basic daily necessities. So if you want to bring some local specialties home, it is suggested to buy in the county seat of Tingri County, Shigatse or Lhasa.
Thangka is a type of scroll painting done on damask or cloth and it is an excellent representation of Tibetan art. Featuring Buddhists, folktales and fables, Thangka is full of religious symbolism. Thangka is typically used as decorations, and it is collector's items as well.
A Tibet knife, to a certain degree is a symbol of Tibet and would make a wonderful keepsake of your trip. (Tips: knives are not permitted to be carried aboard a plane; even the consignment with luggage is prohibited. It can only be sent to your country by express.)
Another beautiful handcraft is the 'cushion' which is a kind of Tibetan carpet. Cushions from Shigatse are the most well-known for their design and color. There are various patterns like the traditional dragon, phoenix, sea, cloud and plants. the cushions are usually sold in pairs. It's a wonderful decoration for your house.
Golden and Silver Wares
The golden and silver wares are famous both for their exquisite workmanship and unique design. Most of these wares are in the form of jewelry and ornaments like rings, earrings and necklaces. You may also find some household items including vessels like flagon, chopsticks and plates as well as some religious items like prayer wheels.
Tibetan shoes in Tibet have a long history of more than 600 years, its characteristics are a variety of styles and sizes. Tibetan people, men and women, old and young, can wear this kind of shoes. The rough tweed shoes with leather soles are embroidered with various designs, such as dragons, snakes, etc. The sole is made of cowhide and the upper is decorated with red and green woolen cloth. It is colorful and exquisite, mostly hand-made. At present, although few people choose to wear Tibetan shoes, as a form of national handicraft, Tibetan shoes also have a high artistic value and have long enjoyed a good reputation at home and abroad. For tourists, Tibetan shoes are great tourist souvenirs during their trip to Tibet.
Where to Buy at Mount Everest
When traveling Mount Everest, it is difficult to buy some souvenirs around Mount Everest. However, you can buy some souvenirs when you in the county seat of Tingri County, Shigatse or Lhasa.
Located in Shigatse's old town, on the outskirts of Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse Market is an open-air market, filled with a variety of traditional Tibetan handicrafts, such as Tibetan knives, Tibetan Thangka paintings, Tibetan Gyantse carpet, jewelry and so on. It's a good place to stop and enjoy traditional crafts and buy some souvenirs to take home. If you walk down the street and go through the market, you may encounter the small shop that makes prayer flags.
There is a famous Zhaxijicai bazaar in the south of Shigatse, where there are all kinds of daily necessities. The bazzar is a beautiful village, surrounded by trees, famous for Tibetan handicrafts. Of course, visitors can also enjoy local specialty products, such as bracelets, Thangka, Buddha, oil lamps, various jade articles, wooden and silver bowls, Tibetan knives, costumes, stone pillars engraved with Buddhist sutras and various carpets. Therefore, here you can easily get the handicraft you want. But please remember to bargain with the hawker.
There are many department stores in Lhasa, mostly on Yuthok Road, which supplies everyday needs or local handicrafts. Some supermarkets can be easily found in Lhasa, such as Lhasa department store and Hongyan Supermarket Chains mainly distributed in Lhasa downtown.
Tibet is a charming and historical wonder. Your trip is not perfect without an fantastic shopping experience at Barkhor Square. So it is wise to spend at least half a day exploring the Barkhor Street or the other place of the city freely after you finish your sightseeings. Barkhor Street is a traditional Tibetan shopping center, where shopkeepers with small shops and stores on the street supply more traditional and fascinating Tibetan artifacts and handicrafts.
Recommended Supermarkets and Shopping Malls
- Lhasa Department Store(拉萨百货大楼)
Address: No.1, Yutuo Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区宇拓路1号
- Shenli Times Square(神力时代广场)
Address: No.37, Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa拉萨市城关区北京东路37号
- Huhui Huli (Mutual Benifit) Supermarket(互惠互利超市)
Address: No.104, Shandong Road, Chengnan Sub-district, Samzhubze District, Shigatse日喀则市桑珠孜区城南办事处山东路104号
- Wang Jia Fu Supermarket(旺家福)
Address: Intersection of Shanghai North Road and Jiangluo Kangsha Road, Samzhubze District, Shigatse日喀则市桑珠孜区上海北路与江罗康莎路交叉口
- Hongda Shop(宏达商店)
Address: No.16, Zhufeng South Road, Tingri County, Shigatse日喀则市定日县珠峰南路16号
- Haida Supermarket(海达超市)
Address: Baiba Town, Tingri County, Shigatse日喀则市定日县白坝镇