apache wrote:In HK, it is much easy to buy thing on Taobao. To begin with, you don't need to buy through an agent and no agent fee. Shipping is just a bit more than within China. Whereas us in the West, quite often the shipping cost almost the same cost as the cakes we buy.
What you need is to find someone as a guide and go to Fangcun in Guangzhou, there you would find lots and lots of teas.
Up until recently, I used an agent because Taobao asked me for a ridiculous amount of info to use Alipay because using Google Chrome set off their protection features. I just realized they've fixed up their credit card processing for HK and it is now much cheaper than it was before. Now that I can Taobao to my heart's content, I need to be careful.
My first cousin and his Chinese wife live in Guangzhou and I can stay up there at his place whenever I want: he wouldn't let me stay anywhere else! We're good friends and he owns a bar in Guangzhou, which means lots and lots of drinking (and I don't think I can whip out the ol' gaiwan at the bar).
I told my dad about the market and he said he's been there before. I used to go up to Guangzhou quite often, so even without a guide, I can handle it, but I'll hold off on trips to the market until I have more money to spend and I know what I'm doing.