Laomendong

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Shanghai, China475 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
We went to Laomen East Pedestrian Street to find a burger place that we found online and when we arrived found that the area is great. It is filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, art and artists, scenic beauty, historic buildings, and is huge.

Laomen will require one to spend almost an entire day walking up and down the alleys and streets or several visits. There are plenty of places to eat while there and at least three western restaurants. Getting to the walking street is easy by car or Nanjing Metro. Take Line 3 to Wudingmen Station and go out exit 2. Go right on Madao Street for about 900 meters.

Relax, walk, step into and out of shops, have a cup of coffee or tea followed by a meal and have a good day.
Written April 1, 2018
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BobbyGentry
Nanjing, China474 contributions
May 2015 • Family
Near the newly opened MRT stop to Wudingmen station 武定门站 (line 3), Take the 2nd exit out of the station, turn right and you'll find the entrance to Loamendong around 400m down the road on your left. Laomendong is a tourist area based on an ancient style and has many little boutique shops. My family loves NZ Motu burger for lunch, a rest and wifi. Motu also makes decent coffee. From Laomendong, walk (right) against the city wall to Zhonghuamen gate then walk on the wall, see the sites from up above and take in the views looking over South Nanjing and in the distance Yuhuatai Martyrs Park.
Written May 3, 2015
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KatePnz
Auckland, New Zealand217 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
I first saw this area from the wall and wanted to see it. It is an original area of housing that has been "updated"in a fairly major way but you can still appreciate the old houses and the beautiful old woodwork. The shops are for serious shoppers with lots of cash but there are also some great eating places and everything is modern enough to make you feel the food will be safe. Hopefully the areas left to be done will be more sensitively updated. Still worth the trip. Combine it with a visit to the Zhonghua Gate which is very close by.
Written August 24, 2018
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xiaoyu c
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Lao men dong is an area reflective of quaint Qing dynasty architecture that's been recently restored and now is the home to many cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Some of the establishments feel more 'commercial' but if you take the time to explore, you'll find unique shops and street artists that add character to the area. Get off the Main Street and wander through the alleys. Even though the area is not totally developed and many of the buildings are unoccupied, I found it to be all the more peaceful and nostalgic. Visit now before it becomes overcrowded by tourists!
Written January 18, 2015
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imwaqasnawaz
Nanjing, China1 contribution
Feb 2018 • Friends
The view and the architecture of ancient Chinese lifestyle there is awesome. I’ll recommend to visit in the evening because the lighting can illuminate its beauty. You can go there by line 3, get out at wudingmen station and take exit 2 , after that you will need around 500 meters walk to there.
Written February 24, 2018
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Markus W
Europe351 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
One of Nanjing's more recent attractions, Laomendong looks like an old city quarter, but actually it is all new. It is old only by name. The eastern section is already teeming with shops and restaurants, whereas the western section (the section close to Zhonghua Men) is still waiting to go into operation. The whole area makes for a nice stroll. Look out for the small waterways.
Written January 21, 2018
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david chiu
Toronto, Canada41 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Like many pedestrian street in China, there are many shops and restaurants along the street. However, it did maintain the ancient building architectural design and the cobble stone street making one feels walking inside an old China small town. It is not a large area and probably can finish the tour in two hours time unless you want to explore more deeply. There is an arts exhibition centre in the area but not something sophisticated. The Nanjing city wall is just located along the area which deserves visiting as it is the longest city wall in the world. Across the river on the other side of the city wall is the famous Porcelain Tower. So basically you can complete the tour of these three places all within walking distance in one day.
Written December 28, 2019
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samkhan414
Nanjing, China82 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Love the atmosphere of this area . Gives you a complete picture of the art , culture and food . A time honored fried dumpling place here is a must . It's halal lamb fried dumplings . Very famous with the locals and the tourists
Written September 4, 2018
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Josh T
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand7 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
There’s a funky little shopping area just one stop south of Fuzimiao called Lao Mendong. Like Fuzimiao it’s an amazing place to visit during the night. Tiny water gardens with statues and lilies pepper the market area and at night time they light up blues, greens, and reds. Mist-machines pump out an eerie fog which gives the whole place an ancient feel and adds excitement to the exploration of the tiny alleys and gardens you find behind the main shops.

The shopping here isn’t as extensive as Fuzimiao, but Lao Mendong has one thing that Fuzimiao doesn’t, Motu burger joint. Motu is a New Zealand themed burger bar that also serves kiwi-style milkshakes and kiwi beer (I’m a Kiwi, I can vouch for their authenticity). Any burger on the menu is delicious and you can sit up on their verandah, above the market itself and while away your time watching the shoppers and tourists go by.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Take the subway to Wudingmen Station on Line 3 (green line). Take Exit 2. Cost: ~¥4
Cross Madao Stree and walk west for four blocks.
Take a left at Gutong Alley and go straight for 100 meters.
Cross Jianzi Alley and you’ll be looking at the Lao Mendong archway entry.
Written June 15, 2017
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Dr Rob
Hangzhou, China767 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
I've been here a couple of times, its all a bit Disney China as the red guard pulled everything old down during the cultural revolution so they are rebuilding everything - this is, I'm told a faithful reconstruction and some of the buildings are genuinely old. The Librairie Avant-Garde is in a beautifully constructed building near the cinema. Inside is a wonder. I recommend it. There are some nice nooks and crannies to wander down, street food snacks to be eaten and even a Starbucks and Moto Burger (New Zealand burger bar) - so it makes for a nice day out, you can wander alongside the Ming dynasty city wall. Tip - if you go on the wall look at the bricks - you can see the name of the person that made the bricks and the person who paid for them - after all these centuries. Don't forget to take your camera.
Written November 19, 2016
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