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Hubiancun Block

Add:55 Changsheng Rd


Dongpo Road is a wide, bustling, commercial and modern road close to West Lake. Yet, at the intersection of Changsheng and Dongpo roads there is a 100-year-old residential block.

At noon, many households are making lunch, outdoors in lanes, or with their doors open. The sound of slicing and cooking could be heard, steam rises from pots and pans, while the smell of rice and other dishes waft through the air. It is a snapshot of a way of life once more common in Hangzhou. Few people in the city now live like this due to the rapid construction of modern buildings.

Buildings in the block have been listed as historical constructions because these longtang (lane) houses feature narrow, crisscrossing lanes that allow residents to meet and do things together. Some shikumen (stone-gate) houses also lie in the block, with European style reliefs on the gate head.

They were built in the 1920s by influential Kuomintang official Zhang Yichun, who rented out these houses. People who once lived here were mostly of middle class, including Kuomintang officials and their mistresses.
Today it is a block for ordinary locals, where visitors can shuttle among maze-like lanes, experience how folk people live and buy a congbaohui (fried dough wrapped with thin pan pie, 葱包桧), or a bowl of noodles at small eateries run by residents.

Meanwhile, the former site of the provisional government of the Republic of Korea is on Changsheng Road. In 1910, Japan annexed Korea, leading many Koreans to seek exile to China. They formed a temporary government in Shanghai in 1919, and then moved it to Hangzhou in 1932.

The detailed stories of the temporary government are introduced in the former site in both Chinese and Korean languages. The site is now being renovated but it is expected to open by the end of October.

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