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Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou

Sunday, August 8th, 2021
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In China, some major cities have nice car-free shopping streets teemed with exciting lights, shopping and entertainment such as Beijing Wangfujing Pedestrian Stree, Shanghai Nanjing Road, Chengdu Kuan zhai Xiang Zi, Chongqing Ciqi Kou , and Lanzhou Zhangye Street, etc.

Hangzhou is no exception. Hangzhou has several walking only streets including Hefang Street (also named Qinghefang Street) and Zhongshan Road ( also named “the Royal Street of the Southern Song Dynasty” and Zhongshan Road History Culture Commercial Street as well).

The two main traditional and cultural streets form a pedestrian block reconstructing the former prime time of the Southern Song Dynast(1127–1279) when Hangzhou served as its capital about 800 years ago.

If you are planning your Hangzhou tour, you are highly recommended to take a stroll along the Hefang Sreet and Zhongshan Road Block. You will shop, dine and entertain in a healthy, pleasant car free outdoor enviornment.

The Hefang Street, also known as Qinghe Lane (from east to west) and Zhongshan Road ( from north to south) feed your eyes on the traditional Song Dynasty architecture s as well as the Western style buildings constructed in the years between 1912 and 1945 when China was governed by Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party.

The Locations of Qinghe Lane (Black letters) and Zhongshan Road ( within the Red Circle)

The northern tip of Pedestrian Zhongshan Road, also named “the Royal Street of the Southern Song Dynasty”. 

The northern tip of Zhongshan Road, also named the Royal Street of the Southern Song Dynasty.

The Phoenix Mosque Zhongshan Road. If you are a muslim, don’t miss the opportunity to go in and have a look.

he Phoenix Mosque Zhongshan Road. If you are a muslim, don’t miss the opportunity to go in and have a look.

The cobblestone road flanked by historical buildings,  Phoenix treess and Song Dynasty lamps, a feel of the ancient downtown in Hangzhou history.

The cobblestone road flanked by historical building, Phoenix treess and Song Dynasty lamps, a feel of the ancient downtown in Hangzhou history.

The typical Southern Song Dynasty buidings – two storeys wooden structures.

The typical Southern Song Dynasty buidings – two storeys wooden structures.

All these western buildings were built during the time (1911 – 1945) when China was governed by Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party.

All these western buildings were built during the time (1911 – 1945) when China was governed by Kuomintang, the Chinese Nationalist Party

At the southern end of Zhongshan Road, you see a Christian Church, named Gulou Church ( or Drum Tower Church ).

Zhongshan Road is a north-south street. After walking along Zhongshan Pedestrian Road to its south end, you may retrace and turn to west at the cross road and walk along Qinghefang treet.


Typical Two-storey Buildings in Old Hangzhou seen on Hefang Street.

Typical Two-storey Buildings in Old Hangzhou seen on Hefang Street.

The famous Huqingyutang Pharmacy is also located on the pedestrian street. Huqingyutang in Hangzhou is one of the two extremely famous traditional Chinese medicine stores in China, the other being Tongrentang in Beijing.

The famous Huqingyutang Pharmacy

Foreign visitors are all smiles for the phots taken a Hefang Strree.

Foreign visitors are all smiles for the phots taken a Hefang Strreet.

Add-on

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Tip:  Hassle-free Hangzhou Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Hangzhou Guided Tours:

Hangzhou Tour
Hangzhou 4-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou 3-Day Tour Package
Hangzhou Private Tour
Hangzhou Theme Tour
Hangzhou Side Trips
Hangzhou Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Hangzhou
Top 10 Photography Spots in Hangzhou
Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou
The Best hiking trail in Hangzhou
The best time to visit Hangzhou
Hangzhou East Railway Station
Hangzhou Airport Arrival Hall
How to Visit Feilai Peak Grottoes in Hangzhou
Where to stay in Hangzhou
Hangzhou Bicycle Hire
Wushan Night Market in Hangzhou
Pedestrian Streets in Hangzhou
Hangzhou’s Best Bars & Nightclubs
Best Way to Visit Hangzhou from Shanghai
How to Visit Grand Canal Hangzhou
How to Visit Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society
How to Visit Liuhe Pagoda
Hangzhou Tea Plantation
How to Visit Leifeng Pagoda
How to visit Hupao Spring (Tiger Spring) Hangzhou
How to Visit Yellow Dragon Cave in Hangzhou
The Best Place to View Sunrise over West Lake Hangzhou

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