Time-honored souvenirs of Shanghai
choice at various important meetings throughout history, and was also used by Chinese astronauts aboard the Shenzhou 7 during the country’s third human spaceflight mission.
Founded in April 1935, Desheng Coffee Trading Company is recognized as the nation’s first coffee producer and quickly gained popularity across the city. Its registered brand “C. P. C” was later changed to “Shanghai” in 1958, when it started production of its first iron-tinned coffee. In 1959, the company was renamed again, this time to Shanghai Coffee Factory. A wider variety of products, such as coffee-tea, Lecovo (or lekoufu, a cocoa-flavored instant beverage), malted milk (or mairujing, a vanilla-flavored instant beverage), and a chrysanthemum flavored instant beverage were launched in the following years. In 2013, the brand was revitalized with the introduction of new coffee products such as Italian coffee, blue mountain coffee and Colombian coffee.
This famous balm, also known as qingliangyou, is famous for its sharp odor and has been a popular choice for people seeking quick relief for headaches, sore muscles, insect bites and fatigue. Founded in 1911 by businessman Huang Chujiu, the company has a dragon and a tiger on their logo because the creatures are considered auspicious in traditional Chinese culture. Since its inception, the essential balm, which is widely hailed as the “oriental magic medicine”, has been exported to more than 80 nations. The company developed a new product called the Dragon and Tiger Refresh Dew in 2009, and this was followed by the introduction of hand creams, lip balms, shower gels and shampoos in 2013 and 2014.
First manufactured in 1943 by a merchant from the Aipixi Candy Factory who was inspired by the taste of a British milk candy, the product soon became so famous that it was used as gifts during the 10th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Later, in 1972, then Chinese premier Zhou Enlai gave White Rabbit candies to then American president Richard Nixon during the latter’s visit to China. The candies soon became popular overseas too, with many Americans giving it away as Easter gifts that year. Since 2004, as part of diversified efforts to attract young customers, White Rabbit started to produce new flavors such as red bean, yogurt, chocolate, mint, maize, black candy and ice cream.