Qīnghéfāng Old Street

Street in Hangzhou

At the south end of Zhongshan Zhonglu is this touristy, crowded and bustling pedestrian street, with makeshift puppet theatres, teahouses and gift and curio stalls, selling everything from stone teapots to boxes of lóngxūtáng (龙须糖; dragon whiskers sweets), ginseng and silk. It’s also home to several traditional medicine shops, including the Húqìngyú Táng Chinese Medicine Museum, which is an actual dispensary and clinic.

The pedestrianised area continues on the adjoining Southern Song Imperial St (Nan Song Yu Jie; 南宋御街), which runs along one of Hángzhōu’s historic thoroughfares and is also packed with shops and cafes.