Where to Shop and What to Buy in Hangzhou
Vacations and shopping always go hand in hand - even more so when you are accompanied by ladies on the trip. And if you are a shopaholic yourself, you are going to love Hangzhou; it is one of the most popular Chinese shopping destinations.
Among the many items you can purchase here are great souvenirs, local art, rare art, clothes, electronics, tea, herbs, Chinese artifacts, and porcelain products to name just a few. Whether you are looking for unique Chinese items or common and cheap electronic gadgets, shoes and designer brands, you will find them all here.
You can choose to shop at the modern malls in the city or enjoy authentic Chinese shopping at the local markets in Hangzhou. As the city has plenty of shopping options, it is advisable that you plan your shopping well so that you do not end up missing out on some great deals that the various markets in the city have to offer.
Here are some of the places we recommend for shopping in Hangzhou:Read More
East of China Porcelain Market
Located in the Xihu district, the East of China Porcelain Market has nearly 1200 shops selling China porcelain featuring delicate textures, refined sculpture, and pleasing colors. You can purchase a number of things such as porcelain dolls, figurines, vases, and much more at this market.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: 819 Gudun Road, Wenzhou Village
Ginseng Shopping Mall
This is a great place to shop for herbs, roots, and all other natural medicinal products. However you are advised to visit this place only if you know about these items and know what you are looking for; otherwise you will have a hard time figuring out what to do here.
- Opening Hours: 08.00 – 18:00
- Location: 66 Huansha Road
Hangzhou Tea Market
Hangzhou is popular for the Hangzhou Longjing, considered to be some of the best tea in China and is popular for its fragrant aroma, unique green color, and sweet taste.
In fact, it's appropriate to say that the tea market in Hangzhou has everything you would need for a tea party. You can shop for the popular Longjing tea or any other variety of tea that you may want. Do not forget to check out the tea sets available at the stores in this market.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: 18-20 Nanban Lane, Jiefang Road
Hefang Street is the ultimate souvenir shopping destination in Hangzhou. The mid section of this street, which runs between Nanshan Road and Jaingcheng Road, is where the shopping section is located. This entire section is packed with restaurants and small souvenir shops where you can purchase some of the best souvenirs to remind you of the wonderful time you had here; alternatively, they could also serve as a gift for your loved ones.
The shopping section of the street is pedestrian friendly, which means you have easy access to the best shops on both sides. This is just the right place for you to pick up local crafts items, Longjing tea, and the famous Hangzhou fans. Remember that this is a bargain paradise, so brush up on your bargaining skills before you step into a souvenir shop on this street.
- Opening Hours: Depends on the shops you decide to shop from. The street is open 24 hours a day.
- Location: Hefang Old Street, near Wushan Square
Nine Stars Clothes Market
If you are on a tight budget and yet crave for designer clothing, shop at Nine Stars Clothes Market. This huge wholesale fashion market sells some of the most popular designer labels as well as rip offs at very attractive rates. Be prepared to wade through an endless clutter to find the designer label you are looking for. Though it might sound like a huge task, it is worth the effort!
- Opening Hours: 09.00 – 17:00
- Location: 18 Hanghai Lu, Jianggan District
Saturday Morning Antiques Market
This antiques market is one of the best-kept secrets in Hangzhou. Every Saturday morning, antique dealers assemble here to sell their wares. You can find some great antiques, crafts, and arts items if you can make it at the right time. Get here early and make sure you keep all your senses alert while shopping so you don't miss out on anything important.
- Opening Hours: Early Saturday morning and closes early afternoon
- Location: Next to No.2 Department Store, Wenhui Road and South Hushu Road
Hangzhou is popular for its silk; therefore if you're planning to take home something that's typical of Hangzhou, you might want to consider buying something from the silk market.
Hangzhou has been a centre of silk production for several centuries now. At the silk market, there are nearly 600 shops selling silk in all forms. You can shop for scarves, ties, fabrics, suits, dresses, handicrafts, and a whole lot more and you can find great deals in wholesale as well as retail prices. This is definitely a place that you cannot afford to miss. However, you should be prepared to haggle hard in order to get the best price on items of your choice.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Location: 253 Xinhua Lu, Xiacheng District
Wang Xing Ji Fan Store
Hangzhou fans are very popular all over the world, and at Wang Xing Ji, you will find the best fans with exceptional workmanship, great choice of colour, and unique functions. Wang Xing Ji fans are unique and are not available at any other stores in Hangzhou. They make great gifts as well as decorative pieces.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 19:00
- Location: 62 Renhe Road
Located in the downtown area, this road is a must-visit for ladies who are interested in branded and chic fashion wear. There are hundreds of shops along this road selling fashionable ladies wear and accessories on Wulin Road. Some stores also retail men’s clothing.
Wulin Square has some of the most popular department stores and boutiques. As always, bargaining is often a necessary skill you need to possess when visiting small shops.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
- Location: Wulin Road
Wushan Night Market
The outdoor Wushan Night Market is just the place to go if you are more of a night person. There, you can find a number of gift items such as scarves, ceramic items, movies, and many other unique things you can buy for young as well as old people. Bargain hard to strike a good deal though.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 22:30
- Location: Junction of Renhe Road and Huixing Road