Wushan Night Market…so this is where all the fashionable people are hiding!
I did a lot of research before I embarked on my 3 week trip to China and had a long (and unrealistic) list of things to do when I was in Hangzhou, also known as the Garden City of China. But somehow, despite my extensive research and scouring the internet for travel guides, none of the guides mentioned this cool Night Market. I’m a firm believer in hanging where the locals hang on my travels – it makes for a more authentic experience, it’s also obviously cheaper than shopping in the usual tourist traps.
– NIGHT MARKET
“A great night market to pick up cheap clothes, shoes, glasses and watches etc. A young and fashionable crowd of locals. Mainly chic girls walking around carrying their adorable poodles. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many poodles in one place.”
Here’s how we randomly stumbled on the Wushan Night Market.
We flew from the coastal city of Qingdao (TAO) into Hangzhou International Airport (HGH), arriving around midday. Jetlag being the b*tch that it is, we crashed as soon as we checked into the Zhongshan International Hotel. I mean – semi-coma, sleep through the building burning down– kind of crashed. We eventually woke up at 6pm in the evening to the faint, buzzing sound of music, as we stretch the sleep out of our bodies we all looked at each other in amazement: “did you hear that”; “where is that music coming from”; “wait, are they playing Kanye West”. I ran to the window of our 11th floor hotel room and saw the buzzling market below, just one street over from the hotel. Result! Right guys get ready, it’s time to go shopping.
The Wushan Night Market can be found at Huixing Lu and is open every night from 7.30pm -10pm.
Get there early to give yourself enough time to explore the market fully as the market spans across 3 long streets – unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to walk through it all. Remember that the key is to bargain, bargain, bargain – as a general rule of thumb, I ask for a discount of 70% off of the price they first give. It’s also effective to make a mental note of the location of the stall and then walk away and explore the rest of the market before committing yourself to any purchase. But note that bargaining here, as a foreigner, is no walk in the park – in my opinion the Chinese are the best barterers out of all the countries I’ve visited. They have this cool but somewhat stern negotiation style that makes it hard to read whether you’re getting bumped or getting a bargain. In a nutshell, don’t pay more than you would for the same or similar item at home, don’t take it too seriously and remember a smile goes a long way. Enjoy yourself. You’re on holiday after all.
– FOOD STALLS
You must check out the food stalls at the Wushan Night Market as well. My advice, choose what looks familiar e.g. fish. You can thank me later.
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