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“A disappointing trip back.”
Review of Hefang Street

Hefang Street
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Just a few years ago, a stroll down Hefang Street in Hangzhou was a very pleasant experience. It was a well preserved historic area that had a nice variety of shops, many offering unusual tourist and decorative items, tea houses, traditional restaurants and a wide assortment of street vendors. It was a place to escape from Hangzhou's modernistic architecture and get a feel for what a Hangzhou neighborhood may have been like in the distant past. In the last few years, the area has been expanded and unfortunately, modernized. While a few of the same shops, tea houses and restaurants remain, there has been an influx of fast food and drink shops and a large number of cheap tinket shops, many with modern storefronts. Little effort has been made to preserve the historical significance and atmoshere of the area. The street is now just another tourist trap specializing in cheap souveniors. Gone is the charm and authenticity that was once Hefang Street.

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is the only walking shopping street of Hangzhou. The "old style" street is full of shops, selling mostly local made stuffs, from tea, to cake, swords, chopsticks etc... very interesting, with sound, noise, color, thing... Though we live in Hangzhou, every time we go there with our kids, we always find something fun and interesting to see, or even buy. A must see in Hangzhou.

2  Thank KHANHAHO
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

You can find many local China famously stuff at this shopping district. Chinese herb, food, tea leaf, art and clothing. Here is the famous district for produce best freen tea "dragon well" or " long jing" so don't miss out to try it and get some back to home. Of cause that is expensive tea leave.

Thank CedricLim
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

In 1966 Mao unleashed his Red Guards on China's cultural heritage. They set out to destroy the "Four Olds" - Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas.
Given the breadth of China's long history, the vast majority of relics were preserved including Hangzhou's old town. Even in the early 1990's this was a beautiful part of a beautiful city. One could imagine how life was hundreds of years ago as you wandered down narrow lanes lined with old houses and shops.
Mao would be amazed at how efficient the current generation has been in finally wiping the country clean of its ancient neighbourhoods, replacing them with white tiled concrete boxes.
They do however, make sure to save one old street for the teeming tourist trade. Lined on both sides with shops selling plastic trinkets, "Ancient Streets" can be found in many Chinese cities, all selling the same wares.
Go to Hefang Ie Lu if you want to buy some souvenirs while in Hangzhou, but take a moment to lament the tragic destruction of a beautiful area.

3  Thank Graham T
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Went to this place twice while I was in Hangzhou. It's a good place to buy souvenirs although they are slightly overpriced (try to bargain). There are many eating places there as well, so you can have a meal once you are tired from walking. Since the place is quite big, advisable to take the electric tram from entrance. You can inform the driver when you want to get off so that you can walk the smaller lanes.

The buildings are designed to resemble the 'old' Chinese houses and it is a good place for photo opportunities.

Thank isabelcy
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