Qinghefang historic district – the most historic district of Hangzhou, also the only relatively intact old neighborhoods, is a microcosm of the history of Hangzhou. Qinghefang is not far from the West Lake, only ten minutes walking distance, the whole street is not too long. If you are in Hangzhou, here is the place that really worth visiting.
After the Southern Song Dynasty setting its capital in Hangzhou, they built miles Imperial City, opened thousands street. At that time, there were countless shops, restaurants, bars and tea houses. It also has been the most prosperous business district, throughout the Yuan, Ming, Qing Dynasty and Republic of China. Until the eve of the liberation , this area is still a commercial center, Hangzhou’s century-old shops are all located in this area.
Qinghefang started in Song Dynasty and reached its top in Qing Dynasty, most old neighborhoods that existing were built in the heyday of the late Ming and early Qing Dynasty, the century-old Hu Qing Yu Tang, Wanlong ham Place, Mutton Soup Restaurant and others are mostly built at that time, although years passed by, the charm remains. Walking into Qinghefang, step on brick road, watching Ming and Qing style buildings on both sides, flying eaves, hollow pane, clerk dressed like old times…… Walking on this street, you will feel a sudden flashback to the past years.
Those century-old shops are the places that gathering crowds. Champion House, RongBao House, YaFeng Hall, HuiChun Hall, HuQingYu Tang, as well as many old shops maintained traditional style: Hangzhou traditional snacks, exquisite carvings, silk, handmade products. In fact, this street has now become fashionable place for men and women, dressed up young people and casual dressed elders, they are all keen to the fascinating tea house, lotus root starch, bean soup, maltose, glucose osmanthus, and various types of snacks.
Now, the historic district covers an area of 225 square acre. Besides the reserved old shops, they also introduced antiques, paintings, souvenirs, handicrafts shops, and other items that corresponds the neighborhoods style by leasing, jointing venture and other forms of business operations, in addition to enrich the entire neighborhoods content.
In Qinghefang, make sure you stroll the traditional Chinese pharmacy, craft shops, and numerous museums. The historic district has become a Hangzhou feather, elegant environmental, fully functional and management practices walking street, and Hangzhou’s new business tourism hotspot. Here, you’ll always find something.