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Hangzhou is in the southern part of the fertile Jiahu Plain. Since ancient times, the industrious people of Hangzhou have developed and produced various famous and special products with their wisdom.

Hangzhou Silk
Known as a "home of silk," Hangzhou has a history of silk weaving for more than 2,000 years and made a reputation by the Tang time. The gorgeous silk products come out in 1,000odd varieties of more than a dozen kinds, including silk, satin, damask, grosgrain, and brocade.

West-Lake ParasolsLongjing Tea
Longjing tea, the best quality green tea in China, began to be grown in the hills by West Lake 1,200 years ago. The tea leaves are emerald green, send forth a strong aroma, and have a pleasant taste and beautiful shape.

Wang Xing Fan
Fan making began as early as the Southern Song Dynasty. Since the Ming and Qing regimes, the fan, silk, and Longjing tea have been cited as the "three excellent products from Hangzhou." The most renowned are the black-paper and sandalwood fans.

Zhang Xiaoquan Scissors
As the No. 1 famous product in China's scissors-making industry, the scissors are characterized by a fine workmanship, an even mounting of steel on the blades and sharp edges.

West-Lake Parasol
The umbrella has bamboo ribs and a silk covering. It is light and the covering is as thin as cicada's wings. It is for practical use and can be kept as a handicraft as well.

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