The entrance to Qing HeFang Street is off busy commercial Zhongshan Road, leading south from Wulin Square.
Heading south from the Zhejiang Exhibition Hall in Wulin Square
Whimsical art on Zhongshan Road
As I enter Qing He Fang street, I go back in time over 1000 years, and walk down the street experiencing life as it was in the those times.
Qing He Fang Street
Shops are selling product of the area: folded-paper painted fans, umbrellas, silks, and teas.
Fan, umbrella, silk, tea shops
Other shops are selling foods made in the old way and I watch two men pound out bread with large wooden mallots. Everyone stops to watch this, and a few purchase the product.
Pounding out bread by hand
Alleys of Song He Fang street offer other small shops and food courts for dining pleasure.
Food courts and stands
At the end of the street are beautiful pedestrian paths leading north and more fine-silk shops. The sale counter in one shop is selling silk products for 10 RMB ($1.60 USD).
More fine silk shops
Beautiful pedestrian walkways
A few blocks later, I am reminded that I am in the middle of a serious city as I quickly emerge back in the 21st century.
Back in the real city
I continue on my way back toward Wulin Square, and along the Grand Canal (this portion of the canal was built in 1247 by order of Emperor Chunyou).
Parks along the Grand Canal in Wulin Square