Famous Hangzhou Fans
Wang Xingji is a Hangzhou institution, fan-maker for more than 100 years. Customers included late Qing monarchs and Chinese premiers. There are several branches in Hangzhou, including one off Hubin Road along the eastern shore of West Lake, and one along Hefang Street. Prices vary from very cheap (RMB15) to very expensive (over RMB5000), depending on size, material and artistry. They sell fans for everyday use and fans for display. All sorts of fans, made of paper, silk or wood. Remember fans, like clocks, are not good presents to give to the Chinese - the word for fan in Chinese sounds like "to separate". The Chinese buy fans for themselves. Varies, RMB15 onwards.