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[Travel Guide] [China] Top 10 historical streets in China [Copy link] 中文

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Central Street in Harbin

Known as the "Eastern Moscow", northeast China's Harbin has always been regarded as a unique and exotic city. Central Street in downtown Harbin is the ultimate symbol of the city.

Harbin's hundred-year history can be traced in this story-rich street. Originally constructed in 1898 for the transportation of railway supplies and called "Chinese Street," Central Street was later floored with square stones based on the design of a Russian engineer in 1924. Since then, it has become home to numerous foreign shops, hotels, and bars. Russian leather, British woolen cloth, French perfume, German medicine and many more exotic commodities can be found here.

With a total length of 1,450 meters, Central Street is now the longest pedestrian street in Asia. The European architectural art is the most obvious feature of this long corridor, and the four most influential schools of Western architecture in different eras, including Baroque, Renaissance, eclecticism and Art Nouveau, are all presented in this street. As Harbin's most cultural rich area and busiest commercial street, Central Street is an enthralling destination, attracting tourists from both home and abroad.

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South Street in Pingyao

South Street is the central axis of Pingyao in Shanxi Province, an ancient town with a history of more than 2,700 years, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. According to UNESCO, "The Old Town of Pingyao is an outstanding example of the Han cities in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and it retains the traditional features of these periods. Pingyao presents a picture of unusual cultural, social, economic, and religious development in Chinese history. "South Street is very much in the center of this picture.

In the mid Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), business was booming in Pingyao and there were 78 shops along South Street. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the street was home to banks, pawnshops, oil shops, grain shops, wood ware shops, hotels, clothing shops and dye workshops. All of this made Pingyao of one China's leading financial center. As the backbone of Pingyao, South Street was home to more than 50 percent of the country's financial institutions.

Present-day visitors to the 690-meter-long street can still feel the flourishing and prosperous atmosphere of those times. The traditional layout and the unique features of the street still remain. Buildings with traditional Ming-and-Qing-style architecture stand on both sides of the street and retain their original functions. Some time-honored brands such as "Changshengyuan", known as "Jushengyuan" in the Ming Dynasty, which sells rice wine and cake, still operate out of South Street.

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Guozijian Street in Beijing

Guozijian Street, or Imperial Academy Street, is an east-west-running alley located in central Beijing. The street, originally called "Chengxian Street", began to take shape around 700 years ago and got its current name in 1965.

With a total length of 669 meters and an average width of 11 meters, the street houses the Imperial Academy in the west and the Confucian Temple in the east. Built in 1306, the Imperial Academy was the foremost educational institution during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (1271-1911), and was esteemed by ancient scholars. The Confucian Temple is where sacrifices to Confucius were made during the three dynasties.

Guozijian Street is the only street in Beijing featuring decorated archways, with two in the east and a further two in the west. Many single-storey houses can be found along the street, evoking the feel of Beijing's alleys in ancient times.

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I think half of them are this disqualify because there is a McDonald at one of their corners.

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