Defu Lane (Defu Bar Street)

Located in the Beilin District of Xian, Defu Lane is to the north of Xiangzimiao Street inside the South Gate of the City Wall. Once a part of the imperial palace in the Sui (581 – 618) and Tang (618 – 907) Dynasties, this is now a modern and popular hangout for night owls. Like Sanlitun Bar Street in Beijing and South Maoming Road in Shanghai, it is the heart of Xian nightlife.
Xian Bars
Defu Lane
Bar Street
Unique Bars along the Lane

As an inland city and time-honored ancient capital located in central China, Xian retains many historical sites and traditional folklores where western culture has had a greater impact compared to other coastal cities. Since 1980s, visitors from all over the world have brought ideas to improve the city’s vigor at night. Defu Lane, literally meaning virtue and fortune, is 272 meters long (297 yards) and has a bend in the middle, which is fairly unique in Xian as a majority of roads are straight. It was once a dark and narrow street unknown to the public, until it was transformed in 1995 into the bar street today. With the combination of ancient oriental culture and modern western styles, it has a tea-house called ‘Chrysanthemum in Blossom’ and bars with western names such as ‘Flander’ and ‘George’. It has become the most exotic and exciting place in Xian.

Walking from Fenxiang, you can enter Defu Lane from the north passing under a stone archway with the Chinese name of the lane engraved upon it. As you continue down, the blue stone flagging underfoot, you can’t help but notice how historical and modern architecture collide. The buildings all have antique style in pavilion shape, standing only two to three stories high. They have beautiful and unique doors and windows. At night, hundreds of neon and twinkling lights bring everything to life.  At the southern end near Han Xiangzi Temple (Xiangzimiao), there is another traditional stone archway inscribed with four Chinese characters ‘De Fu Tian Di’, describing the special and tasteful niche that Defu Lane provides.

 
 

Fubaoge Tea-house

Specialities: Fubaoge is a first-class tea-house in Defu Lane. It is a five-story classical Chinese building. The inside is decorated with simple but distinctive traditional Chinese style. It is a place not only for tea and chat, but also for entertainment and is famous for the performance of cross talk (a comedy act involving two people) 
Location: No. 66, Defu Lane (near Fenxiang Lane)
Average cost per person: CNY 50
 

 

Old Henry's

Old Henry''s
Old Henry's
Specialities: This is not a large establishment but is very popular in Defu Lane. The great joy in this bar is the wonderful band performances.
Average cost per person: CNY 85
 
 

Times

Specialities: A very quiet bar, ideal for relaxing and chatting. The coffee and Chinese teas are all good.
Opening Hours: From 8:00 am to 4:00 am of the next dawn
Average cost per person: CNY 35

After having a good rest in Defu Lane, you can visit the ancient City Wall of Xian from the South Gate. The Ancient Cultural Street of Shuyuanmen on the east inside the South Gate is recommended if you are interested in traditional Chinese artworks and souvenirs. The Bell Tower and Drum Tower in the center of the city are also within walking distance of about 600 meters (656 yards).
 
 

How to Get There:

 By Bus:
1. Take bus No. 184, 501, 706 or 707 and get off at Fenxiang Station. Then walk towards west for around 2 minutes.
2. Take bus No. 11, 12, 46, 221, 600 or 603 and get off at Nanmen Li Station. Then walk towards west for around 3 minutes.

 By Metro:
Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Yongningmen (Yongning Gate) Station. Get out from Exit A2. Walk towards north for around 7 minutes.
 Xian Bus / Metro Search
 
Admission Fee

Free

Opening Hours Whole day