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.
Our tours are private. You are the key to controlling the pace of the tour; if you would like to spend more or less time in some local markets, just let your guide know. The evening is your free time, and you can do some shopping on your own. Your guide will be glad to give you some recommendations and assistance if you need help.
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