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When shopping in Hangzhou, you’ll want to pick up silk and tea — two things for which the city is known. For silk, visit Hangzhou China Silk Town, where the silk is deeply discounted but bargaining is still essential. You’ll also find silk at the nightly market held on Yan'an Lu near Lu; stalls here hawk Mao memorabilia, paper fans, jewelry, silk-screened paintings, and faux pearls and antiques. Again, be sure to bargain — never pay the asking price. Hangzhou is home to a slew of longjing (green) tea plantations, and a box or two makes a great gift. All the tea fields have gift boutiques and you’ll see plenty of tea shops as you stroll the city streets. There is a lot of fake and low-grade tea floating around — we recommend buying tea directly from a plantation.