Qinghefang Ancient Street
|Qinghefang Ancient Street |
Qinghefang Ancient Street has been the most flourished street in the city since the ancient time. During the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279 AD), Qinghefang with lots of shops, restaurants and teahouses was the center of politics, culture and commerce in the city. After so many years, it is still a prosperous business area. Many famous century-old shops are located in this ancient street, such as Wangxingji Fan Store, Zhangxiaoquan Scissors, Wanlong Ham Stack, Huqingyutang Pharmacy, Baohetang Pharmacy, Zhuangyuan House, Wangruixing, Yiyuanjindian, Jingyangguan and Sheep Soup Restaurant among others.
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In April 2000, the government of Shangcheng District proposed their vision for Qinghefang. Their proposal was to protect the historical buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasty that were in Hangzhou along this 460m stretch of Qinghefang. The redeveloped ancient street now exudes an atmosphere of its past and is boastful of its street-culture, entertainment, commerce and the tours that are the attention of its citizens and visitors home and abroad. At present, there are 16 old-fashioned street lanes remained, mainly including Zhongshan Middle Road, Hefang Street, Gulou Bay and Gaoyin Lane. From the layout, these lanes are primary from south to north and accessorial from east to west. Most of the existing old buildings in the streets are in the style of late Qing Dynasty's and the well-preserved 'four-corner buildings group' are the masterpiece example of traditional blocks of Hangzhou. Viewed from the end of the block, it is visually pleasing combining both the static structures and the dynamics of the people milling about.
Here some famous century-old shops and typical ancient buildings:
Longquan Royal Kiln
Longquan Royal Kiln Porcelain Co, Ltd. is a share-holding company integrating traditional craftwork and modern technology. It mainly shows and sells celadon artwork, especially the artworks of Longquange Kiln which can be trace to Wudai (Five dynasties from the year 907 to 960). Its celadon artworks are very popular with people due to superb craftwork, elegant appearance and priceless collection value.
Wang Xing Ji Fan Store
Zhang Xiaoquan Scissors
It was managed by the offspring of Zheng family which started teahouse business as early as late Emperor Qianlong Period of Qing Dynasty. Taiji Teahouse pays great attention to water quality, tea quality and tea preparation skills. It now has over 6800 disciples and over 530 franchised teahouses at home and abroad. Sit here to taste tea while listen to bagatelle, you can fully feel the historical atmosphere of Qinghefang.
Apart from these, there are many other places to visit, such as Tai He Cha Lou (Taihe Teahouse), Weng Long Sheng Cha Hao (Weng long sheng Teahouse), Guanfu Museum, Ancient Ceramics Museum and World Coin Museum among others.
How to get to Qinghefang Ancient Street
2. Take Bus 8, 60, 127, 195, 208 or 216 to Qinghefang.
3. Take Bus 8, 13, 59, 66, 71, 127, 190, 195, 198, 208, 216, 230, 280, 295, 308, 315, 334, 352 or b3 to Gulou (Drum Tower) and then walk north for 5 minutes to Qinghefang Ancient Street.
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If taking a taxi, the fare is cny30 or so.
After arrival, you can take a taxi directly there, which takes about 5 minutes and around CNY10.