Historical Buildings Hidden in a Mysterious City (1)

When referring to historical buildings, are they the antique and quaint pavilions and houses that can tell a story or two? Absolutely not! The new list of Hangzhou’s historical buildings made just two months ago, will tell you that a theater, a shopping mall, a warehouse or even a railway station can be considered a historical building.

Qibao Department Store

Located at the intersection of Qibaozhi Street and Dawangmiao Road, Qibao Department Store looks rather outdated but if time were to travel decades back, the building was then on trend compared to its surrounding bungalows.

In days of material deprivation, Qibao Department Store was considered a paradise where you could find all kinds of daily necessities from soup to nuts. Moreover, Qibao, where the Department Store rests, at that time, was the only traffic artery both waterborne and overland, and with so many people flocking to this place, it was also called “a tiny Shanghai” and Qibao Department Store, therefore, became the shopping destination for visitors to Hangzhou.

For Qibao locals, this three-story building is of great importance because, on the one hand, it has witnessed the development of this district and, on the other hand, carries the memories of the locals’ childhood.

Xiaobaqianjuan Building (collecting books)

Nestled at the First Affiliated Hospital of Medical School of Zhejiang University, the Xiaobaqianjuan Building is a two-story black architectural masterpiece hiding in a dense wood. Most patients of the hospital will be surprised to find this old building that can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty, when a renowned bibliophile, Ding Bing, built three libraries, one of which was the Xiaobaqianjuan Building.

Unfortunately, the other libraries were all ruined in the warfare but only the Xiaobaqianjuan Building survived and has now become a precious historical building.