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.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.