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The best things to bring home from Hangzhou are silk and longjing (green) tea. You can find silk at deep discounts at Hangzhou China Silk Town. Just know that bargaining is essential here — never pay the asking price. Tea can also be bought at hundreds of outlets across the city; but for a unique and fun experience, try picking it directly from the plantation at Longjing Village. You can do this by joining a guided tour (everything will be arranged for you) or by going at it alone. If you are on your own, expect to be approached by friendly villagers, who will invite you into their homes to try (and, yes, buy) their tea. It’s a truly local experience and one you won’t find anywhere else.