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Hangzhou's Pine Tree Market
Just off Shuguang Road (), one of the Hangzhou's main thoroughfares near the Dragon Hotel, is one of the most interesting free market centers I have seen. It consists of an outdoor section for resellers and indoor section reserved strictly for farmers.
Because the market is in an alleyway away from city traffic it can operate from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. As with most free markets, it is under the administration of the Industrial and Commercial Bureau of the city.
Outdoor Section for Resellers
This section is in a narrow residential alley
that winds its way back from the main street and spills onto a multilevel cement platform.
While farmers can set up in the outdoor or indoor area, resellers are restricted to the outdoor area.
fees average RMB 300 (US$ 36.00), plus a nominal turnover tax of 1 RMB (US$ 0.12) per 500
kg. of produce brought to the market.
Fees for a stall indoors are about 1/3 lower than in the outdoor area, reflecting the local government's support for the farmers.