Lesser than Hefang Street, this once prosperous old street in the Song Dynasty is now a paradise in the center of Hangzhou.

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As one of China's top ten ancient capitals, Hangzhou, a city of Chinese history and culture, hides a number of deep-rooted tourist attractions. Among them for the traveler, those quite a few quaint old streets seem to become must-visit destinations.

There are many such old streets in Hangzhou, such as the bustling Hefang Street, the once bustling Imperial Street of the Southern Song Dynasty, the Dagou Road Historic District next to the canal, and the small Xiaohe Zhijie, all of which have a strong cultural flavor and carry the original atmosphere of old Hangzhou.

If you don't like too much hustle and bustle, then Pony highly recommends a walk down a more niche old street, and here it is! Five Willow Lane. Although it is very close to Hangzhou Chengzhan Railway Station, it seems like a paradise in the middle of downtown. The moment you turn from the spacious Westlake Avenue into Five Willows Lane, the smell of fireworks instantly hits you.

The Wuliu Lane side is from the Doufu Sanqiao, north all the way to Doyuan Lane. Although the street looks uninspiring today, it could have been an imperial garden during the Southern Song Dynasty. In the Song Dynasty, the East River in the middle of Five Willow Lane was the moat, but in the Yuan Dynasty, due to the expansion of the city walls, the East River then became the city's waterway. In addition, during the Song Dynasty, the area around the East River was still the place where vegetables were traded in the ancient city of Hangzhou at that time, and was known as the vegetable market river, which became the Song Dynasty This is one of the most prosperous areas in Hangzhou, as it is known as "East Cuisine, West Water, South Chai and North Rice", which shows that this area was already prosperous during the Song Dynasty.

But compared to the once prosperous, currently when I walk in Five Willow Lane, most of the old buildings can not see much, basically the building It should all look to me like 50+ year old homes, which would be the whitewashed houses of the 1970's and 1980's. Of course, if you look hard enough, you can find some old buildings with a history of 8-90 years, such as the one listed as "The National Park". Hangzhou's key cultural protection units of the Siwei Li complex, Sanmian Lane No. 8 is among the best.

Although in terms of ancient houses and buildings, Wuliuliang Alley may not be as good as the Imperial Street in the Southern Song Dynasty, but this kind of place, which is mainly inhabited by residents and full of city life, still retains the living conditions of the old generation of Hangzhou people living near the water, which is also a relatively unique place.

When it comes to living near the water, then come to the five willow lanes, must not miss is to take a water bus to a water trip, this is Hangzhou downtown water bus line 7, it is said that many locals in Hangzhou are not clear, so even on holidays to ride here still not too many tourists.

This is a water bus that runs through the north and south of Hangzhou on the East River, and although it runs parallel to the hotly contested Jianguo South Road, it runs parallel to Jianguo The traffic on South Road presents a completely different picture. As I rode in the boat, with the willows on both sides of the shore and few pedestrians on the walkway, the wooden boat slowly moved forward and crossed between the bridges. Travel back in time to the once prosperous days of the pink walls and tiles of Five Willow Lane.

In addition to the above points, walking in Five Willow Lane, you will often encounter a few surprises, encounter a small alley, meet an old... Hangzhou, and perhaps it's this niche beauty that sets it apart from the tourist attractions that makes me think of Five Willow Lane as an old street worth savoring. So have you ever been to Five Willow Lane? You can leave a comment to share your impressions of what's going on here.


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