Hangzhou serves up food culture

By Shi Xiaofeng and Tang Zhihao ( China Daily ) Updated: 2016-07-29 08:17:58

Hefang Street

The street is known for a broad range of food offerings in Hangzhou. Businesses not only offer Hangzhou cuisine but also provide cuisine from other regions.

Hefang Street, also named Qinghe Lane, was an important commercial street in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and the Qing Dynasty.

People who are interested in learning more about Hangzhou history can visit Hefang Street, and take in a folk performance on the street.

Food lovers will find many Hangzhou traditional dishes such as Hangzhou-style noodles, shrimp and eel noodles, and fried scallion pancakes.

Noodles at Zhuangyuanguan Restaurant are famous in Hangzhou. In ancient China, people who wanted to be the top scorer in imperial examinations would eat noodles in this restaurant. Food prices are relatively high due to the great number of travelers.

Zhongshan South Road Food Street

The 1,400-meter street claims to be the longest food street in China. It is a good option for travelers who want to have some midnight snacks in Hangzhou. The street, with over 100 locally featured buildings and many traditional stores, opened in 2009.

It is famous for wheat snacks developed in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).

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