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30 historic and cultural neighborhoods to visit in China [Copy link] 中文

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Hangzhou

(Zhejiang province): Zhongshan Road

  Since the Southern Song Dynasty, this area has always been the most important commercial center in Hangzhou. The old buildings represent the years from Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to the Republic of China (1912-1949) and illustrate the historic changes of the whole city.

  What to see: The Shop of Fang Yu He, The noodle restaurant of Zhuang Yuan, The dim sum shop of Jiu Zhi Zhai


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Longquan (Zhejiang province): Xijie Subdistrict

  Dating back to the Tang Dynasty, the buildings along Xijie still retain their traditional style. There are more than 70 shops in Xijie, many of which are traditional workshops, including blacksmith shops and traditional Chinese herb shops.

  What to see: The Yonghe Bridge, The Mansion of the Cai Family




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Lanxi (Zhejiang province): Tianfu Mountain

  Tianfu neighborhood is at the core of the historic cultural remains of Lanxi. Alongside the ports there are many old buildings, which once were the residences of ancient merchants.

  What to see: The Residence of Ningbo, the Residence of Yiwu


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Shaoxing (Zhejiang province): Ji Mountain

  At the north of the old Shaoxing city, at the foot of Ji Mountain, this area is well-known as the hometown of Wang Xizhi, the great calligraphy naster of the Jin Dynasty. Many other historic buildings remain in Ji Mountain, too.

  What to see: Wang Xizhi's hometown, the Residence of Cai Yuanpei


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Huangshan (Anhui province): Tunxi

  The old street of Tunxi dates back to Song Dynasty. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, this area was a busy commercial center with many roads and alleys. The ancient buildings in Tunxi are in Huizhou style, with white walls and black tiles.




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Fuzhou (Fujian province): San Fang Qi Xiang

The area of 10 ancient streets (called "Fang" and "Xiang") is at the heart of Fuzhou city. The pattern of the streets' layout remains the same as centuries ago during the Tang and Song dynasties, with a well-organized traditional style of beauty.

What to see: The Residence of Yan Fu, the waterside traditional opera stage, the Mansion of the Liu Family


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