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“Insight of old Fuzhou Street”
Review of Nanhou Street

Nanhou Street
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Took a metered taxi from my hotel.
Tell the drive to drop you at the main gate of Nanhou street. (Tell the hotel staff to tell the driver if you cannot speak Chinese). 南后街
All attractions in downtown Fuzhou can be reached by metered taxi avoid paying those expensive local day tours.
This is a walking street closed to traffic and it is part of the famous "Three Lanes Seven Alleys" Sanfangqixiang of Fuzhou.
Many local food eateries and shopping. Try the Fuzhou fishball and peanut soup. Avoid the rest.
You can walk the narrow alleys that used to be the old residences of some famous people during the Tang or Ming dynasty. Entrance fees of some places required.
If you do not wanna pay any fees just like me you can just take the pictures of the wooden and bricks stones houses built during the era.
Walk all the way until the end of the street. Cross the road you will be a manmade old waterway with cafes and restaurants on both side. A nice place to relax in the cool weather.
A favourite hangout for the locals too. Many people.
A lot of the buildings are being renovated and modernized . Starbucks , Macdonalds and even a modern upscale movie cinema is located there with 10 movie screens! 100RMB for a movie ticket.

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Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

Exactly what you expect from an alley. Full of people and vendors, lots of tastes things and little knick knacks to buy. Overall it was a lot of fun. Be careful of the some of the restaurants though because it is easy to get ripped off.

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Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Visited this place twice absolutely loved it many food shops great history very friendly people, lots to see , close to all other shops clothing etc there's also a cinema

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Reviewed 1 January 2016

We had a wonderful time with all of the activities on this new years day. Dont miss this place. Spend at least 4 hours in this area, you wont regret it.

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Reviewed 19 November 2015

I stumbled onto this street in the early evening while taking a stroll northward from Intercontinental Hotel after check-in. I was attracted by the lit up silhouettes of the old shop houses lining Nanhou Street, which is the spine of the area known as Sanfangqixiang (meaning Three Streets and Seven Lanes). The more famous lanes extending from Nanhou Street include Anmin Lane, Ta Lane, Yellow Lane and Scholar Lane. The whole complex is about 1 km north-south and also 1 km east-west.

Nanhou Street, the 10-metre wide "boulevard" of Sanfanqixiang, is lined on both sides by shop houses that are several hundred years old. Although all houses are 2 or 3 storeys high, they displayed very attractive and highly individual facades, especially marked by different patterns of wooden window lattices. One beautiful house with a big tree outside is a Starbuck outlet. Other ground floor units are invariably taken up by souvenir shops and eateries.

One may say this is highly commercialised. But I would say the history of the street has been cleverly preserved and put to modern landuse in a unique manner. One can move on the wide and airy Nanhou Street at one's own pace, including window shopping or looking up to admire the beautiful houses. There is no hard sell and when ones needs to shop or eat, the facilities are there. Going into the shops themselves is a relaxing and educational, as one can find local handicrafts on display in different specialty shops.

Anyone with a penchant for Qing Dynasty and modern Chinese history would be thrilled to find the old residences of famous authoress Bing Xin, master translator Yan Fu and the memorial hall of Lin Ze Xu, the general who fought the British in the Opium War. In Anmin Lane, I went into the museum of the New Fourth Army, the Fuzhou guerilla force fighting Japanese invaders until end of Second World War.

The locals recommend Nanhou Street should be visited in daytime and at night. I did just that, and I enjoyed both experiences.

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