Shaohua Lane hasn't escaped demolition. Nowadays, only old Hangzhou locals remember the lane as it was. When people visit its original location, they see little more than a construction site.
Compared with elegant Nanshan Road nearby, Shaohua Lane was less sophisticated and had fewer inhabitants, so it was more vulnerable to being torn down.
Not all of the folk houses are gone, however. Lu Weizhao's Former Residence and several Hangzhou style bungalows still remain.
Lu was a renowned educator, painter and calligrapher. Government plans call for restoration of Lu's housein the near future.