Tongrentang started its Chinese traditional herbs business in 1669 AD. The brand is very famous for its high quality herbs. The herb shop in the Shuang¡¯an shopping mall mainly sells herbs said to be beneficial for health and beauty.
Tongrentang extract the essence of plants like ginseng and ¡°lycium chinense¡±, and make pills purported to help with tiredness and drowsiness during day time.
In the shop, various kinds of tonics are on display: for children, young lady, young men, and senior citizens. Tongrentang also offers genuine ginseng root, and swiflet nests. These are built by cave-dwelling swifts which cling their nest to cave ceilings as high as 70 meters. These nests are mostly composed of seaweed mixed by the bird¡¯s saliva, and harvesters find them on steep cliffs along the Southern Chinese coast and in South-East Asia. Bird¡¯s nest soup is said to be very beneficial to women¡¯s beauty.
Prices for a bottle of 50 pills hover around RMB 200. Ginseng root¡¯s prices range from RMB 880 to RMB 1380, according to weight and age. Bird¡¯s nests cost between RMB 2000 an RMB 4000.
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