Saga County Shopping
Saga is a place where traditional crafts are well preserved. You can find many traditional and local handicrafts such as Tibetan knives and Tibetan carpets as well as gold, silver, and copper wares. You can find these unique souvenirs in markets, shops, and even street stalls. Clothing, handicrafts, religious vessels, carpets, knives, and many other commodities are sold in the county. Besides, the price here is quite reasonable. The gold, silver and copper wares in Shigatse are very famous. Many monasteries located in and outside Tibet order religious vessels from Shigatse Gold, Silver and Copper Crafts Factory every year. Even the holy Tashilhunpo Monastery purchases religious vessels from the factory. What's more, the factory also makes rings, earrings, decorations, knives, chopsticks, pots, and bowls, etc.
Highland barley, Tibetan barley or Himalayan barley is the principal cereal cultivated on the Tibetan Plateau, used mainly to make milk tea, tsampa and alcohol. Today, it is used to make beer (Lhasa Beer), flour, bread, cakes or noodles.
Tibetan knife（藏刀） is a necessity in Tibetan people's daily life. The knives made in Lhatse County are always admired by both Tibetans and visitors. The scabbards are made of silver or copper and, decorated with images of dragons, phoenixes, tigers, lions, flowers, and so on. The knives are elegant and beautiful. In addition, the blades are very sharp!
Tibetan Carpet（藏毯） is another feature of Saga. The traditional Tsang Rug（曾萌权地毯） in Gyangtse County is of the highest repute. The colorful carpets and rugs are considered to be among the Three Famous Carpets in the world. Now, more and more visitors prefer to purchase these unique and traditional carpets as keepsakes.