As one of China's most dynamic cities and known as a pearl in the Yangtze River Delta, Hangzhou is a shopping paradise for tourist from around the world. Hangzhou is well known for producing excellent silks, including satins. However, shopping in Hangzhou nowadays no longer limited to local specialties such as silk, tea, and lotus root starch, many modern offerings are abundant in various shops, stores, supermarkets, and plazas that crowd the commercial center.
Hangzhou silk has a long history as more than 4,000 years, featuring gentle texture, gorgeous colors and wide varieties. The silk produced in Hangzhou has 14 varieties, including satin, spin, crepe, damask silk and silk fabric. The silk products include landscape painting, cushions for leaning on, curtain and clothing.
Xihu silk umbrella features bright color and exquisite appearance, with the "bone" is made of bamboo. It not only can be used as common umbrella for sunshade, but also can be used as ornament to decorate your house.
Longjing Tea (Dragon Well Tea) is famous for its unique green color, fragrant aroma, sweet taste and flat appearance, and it is usually regarded as a health elixir, which is quite popular throughout China.
The paper fans produced in Hangzhou are famous in China since ancient times. The most famous three local products in Hangzhou are paper fan, silk and Longjing tea. Wangxingji fan is the best known brand of fan in Hangzhou. The history of the factory can go back to 1875, and in that time, it was regarded as the tribute for imperial household.
This kind of cloth is an ancient folk printed fabric made by hand. The simple but elegant design on the fabric is mostly about auspicious items, reflecting the unique folk culture in China. The original dyestuff is fetched from a kind of plant: indigo plant.
As one of the most famous historic streets in Hangzhou, Hefang Street reflects the social features of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Taking a stroll along this street, you will be attracted by the antique buildings and local crafts, such as silk parasols, brocades, renowned Zhang Xiaoquan scissors and Hangzhou fans.
This road is considered as the most prosperous one in Hangzhou. It runs from the north to south for about 3,000 meters, and has become Hangzhou's commercial centre. Along the road are included the grand buildings of the Zhejiang People's Provincial Great Hall, Hangzhou Culture Center, Victory Theatre, International Mansion, Hangzhou Department Store, Hangzhou Grand Hotel, and Haifeng Western Restaurant.
Zhejiang Zhuji Pearl Market (in simplified Chinese 浙江诸暨珍珠市场) is located on North Sha Road in Zhuji City, near Hangzhou City in Zhejiang Province. The market was founded in June 1985 and after several expansions, it has developed into China's largest freshwater market, selling various pearl products, including raw pearls, pearl jewelries, pearl handicrafts and pearl cosmetics.
Transportation: Zhuji City is only about 1 hour train ride from Hangzhou City. Also there are buses to Zhuji at Hangzhou South Bus Station, and buses depart about every half an hour.
The production of elegant fans in Hangzhou has a long history and has been enjoying a widespread renown since the ancient times. Wangxingji Fan Mill, of which Wangxingji Fan Industrial Co., Ltd. grew out, was set up by Wang Xingzhai in the year of 1875. With the exquisite workmanship, unique functions and elegant taste, Wangxingji fan was famous as one of the three matchless products in Hangzhou besides Zhejiang's silk and the Longjing Tea at that time.