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Night market for Royal Street

ZHONGSHAN Road, also known as the Royal Street of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), attracted about 1.35 million visitors during the National Day holiday. And new attractions and events are planned.

Night market

Zhongshan Road S. aims to build one of the best night market streets in China and it will open in late December with four main areas.

At the entrance of the market will be a barbecue area in the 30-meter-long street from Drum Tower. It has wide sidewalks that can accommodate 20-30 movable barbecue stands.

"Barbecue appeals and it's smart to put it at the entrance of the night market," says an official with Hangzhou Commercial Assets Operation Co.

South from the barbecue area to Xiaoxiangkou will be the 110-meter-long food area, with 20-25 stands serving a variety of dishes, noodles and rice.

After the food area comes the 80-meter-long snack area with 16-20 stands, offering boiled and steamed snacks such as dumplings and noodles. It will be convenient for nearby residents.

The next 250-meter-long road has 50 to 60 stands selling - besides food - artwork, jewelry, clothing, accessories and other items.

"We are trying our best to reduce the negative effects of the night market on the neighborhood, including the residences, shops and transport," says the official with Hangzhou Commercial Assets. Utility lines and pipes for water, electricity and drainage will be placed underground in a green area.


The Hangzhou government is about to call for bids for a distinctive overpass crossing over Xihu (West Lake) Avenue to connect the south and north parts of Zhongshan Road, now cut off by a ramp.

The Phoenix Temple, a national heritage site, is right next to the Royal Street and the overpass will have to preserve the site and other scenery without blocking traffic.

The overpass will provide an overview of the Royal Street.

Distinctive buildings

Along Zhongshan Road are 100 distinctive buildings - temples, residences, business and other structures - have been identified by experts for preservation.

Thirty five were built before 1949. Others are more modern. Nameplates have been made by the China Academy of Art and will soon be put up.

Along the street 100 distinctive shops will be identified among the more than 150 existing enterprises. Those selected for promotion should produce folk crafts and be related to culture, bear distinctive Hangzhou characteristics and be popular among visitors.

All shop names will be published in newspapers and on the Internet and people can vote on their favorites. Experts will also help decide.

Each distinctive shop will be identified and described with a plaque.


By the end of the year, an underground parking lot will open in Datong Lane to support the tourism street.

Construction on two more parking areas will get underway at the same time.

Measures are being taken to protect the rivers flowing on both sides of the Royal Street and make sure it is not polluted.

Guanfu Road is being repaired.

Elevators are being installedin some buildings alongZhongshan Road.


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