Xiacheng District Maps the Way to the Past

Xiacheng District of Hangzhou has recently published a cultural map from which you will find some influential historical buildings and cultural facilities. In the area, and guided by the map, you will also discover many routes to the past.

Wang Xing Ji Fan 王星记扇业
Address: 118 Changban Lane (长板巷118号)

Wang Xing Ji Fan originally started in 1875 (the first ruling year of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty) and is now a famous Chinese time-honored enterprise and national intangible cultural heritage protection exemplary base. Established on the foundation of the techniques of Hangzhou fans, Wang Xing Ji Fan has long observed the practice of applying primitive materials and ancient techniques of making fans, which are not only elegant but also of great cultural significance. During the G20 Hangzhou Summit, in 2016, ten types of Wang Xing Ji fans showed their charm to the world and were highly praised by country leaders and business elites.

Lu You Memorial Hall 陆游纪念馆
Address: 98 Haier Lane

The building at 98 Haier Lane is a famous ancient residential house from the Qing Dynasty. Although it’s not the old residential house of Lu You (a prominent poet of China's Southern Song Dynasty), the place was made into a memorial hall for Lu You who stayed at Haier Lane during his visits to Hangzhou. No. 98 Haier Lane is a good representation of the style of buildings during Lu You’s time.

The memorial hall covers two floors, with the first floor dedicated to two exhibition halls (Lu You Exhibition Hall and History and Culture Hall), and the second floor for temporary exhibition halls, whose main function is to store documents and for academic seminars.

Old Residential House of John Leighton Stuart 司徒雷登故居
Address: 3 Yesutang Lane (耶稣堂弄3号)

John Leighton Stuart was an American Presbyterian commissioner and a diplomat, who was called by Time magazine as “perhaps the most respected American in China”. The old residential House of John Leighton Stuart was constructed in 1876 when his father arrived in Hangzhou to preach. Combing both Western and Chinese architectural styles, the house is made from a wood and brick structure and features three two-storey buildings and a side garden. On January 7, 2011, the Old Residential House of John Leighton Stuart was listed as a provincial cultural heritage protection unit.

China Silk Market 中国丝绸城
Address: 285, Fengqi Road (凤起路285号)

Benefiting from the prosperity of the silk trade in ancient times and to spread the silk culture of the future, the China Silk Market is a characteristic block that infuses tourism, leisure, culture and shopping. The silk market features both beautiful sceneries as well as silk objects and using pieces and pieces of splendid silk products it showcases the prosperous business of Hangzhou and the development of the city’s silk culture and charm.

Du Jingsheng Brocade Museum 都锦生织锦博物馆
Address: 205-9 Fengqi Road (凤起路205-9号)

Hangzhou’s Du Jingsheng Brocade Museum is the first brocade-themed museum in China and is also the exemplary base of Hangzhou’s brocade techniques for displaying and promotion. The museum was opened in May 1997, and over that time has collected nearly one thousand brocade-related works, objects and pictures, all of which illustrate the formation and development of Du Jingsheng Brocade – the representative of Hangzhou’s brocade industries. During the years, both Du Jingsheng Brocade and its techniques were given many honors, such as the first group of Zhejiang provincial intangible culture heritages in 2005 and national intangible cultural heritage in 2011.

Huadong (Eastern China) Health Museum 杭州市市民健康生活馆
Address: 677 Jiangguo North Road (建国北路677号)

Situated at the east side of Wulin Square, at the banks of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Huadong Health Museum is the first health-themed museum in China. The building itself is a typical Jiangnan-style residential house with two floors and five exhibition halls. As one of the happiest cities in China, Hangzhou is not only the pioneer in portraying a beautiful China but also for practicing a healthy China. Here, in the museum, you can sense the city’s perception of health.