Attraction Nan Song Yu Jie ZhongShan Lu LiShi WenHua ShangYeJie, Shangcheng Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng China 310000 Published on: 20-08-2016
People watching (street)
Southern Song Imperial Street is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Southern Song Imperial Street is special ?
Hangzhou's Southern Song Imperial Street (南宋御街 - Nan Song Yu Jie), a re-creation of what Hangzhou looked like seven centuries ago, is a popular destination for tourists and natives alike.
According to historic records, the original street was a private passage for the emperor to conduct a heavenly worship every three years. It had a length of 4185 meters and was paved with over ten thousand stone slabs. The surrounding area was restored and reopened to the public in 2009. Now the street takes on a new look and is a very good pedestrian street but you still can find traces of history from the historical buildings standing on both sides.
What to explore at Southern Song Imperial Street?
Renovated in an architectural style associated with the South Song Dynasty (Hangzhou was the capital), Nan Song Yu Jie is a must-see attraction, with crowds keep coming back to check out its distinctive architecture, shopping opportunities and numerous Chinese and Western restaurants. Here you can not only buy local souvenirs and local products but also appreciate the old style buildings. Along a gently flowing brook, there are specialized shops selling silk, tea and silver. Some chain hotels are built in the ancient style to remind people that they are staying in a historical place. Vendors sit peacefully by their grocery stalls as if they were taking a break instead of doing a business. In the daytime, it’s just an ordinary street. When night falls, the street magicked into a food paradise, teemed with people from all walks of life, food stands, colorful neon signs and old-style flag signs.
How to get to Southern Song Imperial Street?
You can reach the street by catching bus number 25, 35, 187, 212, 404, K25, K327, K35, K850, Y8.
Nan Song Yu Jie ZhongShan Lu LiShi WenHua ShangYeJie, Shangcheng Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng China 310000