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The Ancient Culture Street    2008-07-30 06:18

It is a best choice to visit the Ancient Culture Street if you want to taste the scents of Tianjin, the scents of ancientry and the scents of culture. The Ancient Culture Street, a Qing-imitated architecture, is divided into South Palace and North Palace based on Hougong Palace as the center. The characters in the heart of the South Doorway Pailou (decorated archway) is “Jin Men Gu Li” (Jinmen as native place), while North Doorway Pailou “GuShang Yi Yuan” (Gushang as art circle). There are more than one hundred thirty shops and stores in the street which deal in the four treasures of the study (i.e writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper), jades and stones, clay figures, root sculpture, jewelry, headgear, calligraphy and painting, antique and so on. There are also specialty stores of folk artworks such as Yongliuqing painting, painted sculpture of Clay Figure Zhang, kites of Kites Wei. The street is the first choice for outlanders and foreigners.Haihe Lou commerce Zone in Ancient Culture StreetHaihe Lou Commerce Zone, located in the Sanchakou Belt of Tianjin, is the birthplace of Tianjinwei. The Sanchakou, shaped in December 1404 prior to the shape of Tianjinwei, is the earliest place of culture, religion and commerce in Tianjin. Haihe Lou Commerce Zone in Ancient Culture Street, northward to Tongbei Road, southward to Shuige Avenue, westward to Dongma Road and eastward to Zhangzizhong Road by the side of Haihe River, covering 200,000 square meters, is an integrative commerce zone congregating tour, shopping, restaurants, hotels, entertainment, fitness and so on.

The ancient Culture Street was reestablished in a large scale by tianjin Real Estate Company in 2003. In the course of renewal of the Ancient Culture Street, not only the reservation and repair was carried out, such as the one-hundred-year aged architecture – Tongqingli, the Taoistic temple – Yuhuangge Pavilion, the Mazu temple – Tianhougong Palace, the historical cililian residence – Jiujia Courtyard, but also the historic relics were excavated and tided up, such as Dashizi Hutong Bystreet, Shuige Avenue, Wawa Hutong Bystreet and so on. Thus the culture taste of the Commerce Zone was comprehensively upgraded. In the Commerce Zone, some new buildings were set up such as Culture Town, Curio Town, Bomei New Town, large specialty supermarkets, banks and fitness concourse. The reestablished Ancient Culture Street maintains the imitating architectural style of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. The walking direction of the street is natural, rhythmical with deviousness and straightness, which shows out the ancient street style. The ancient Culture Street, 680 meters long, is full of the strong scent of ancientry, culture, China and Tianjin.

The 12 Chinese characters “Jin Men Gu Li”, “Qing Xue” and “Gu Shang Yi Yuan”, “jin Ao” respectively in the south Pailou and the north Pailou display the feature of Tianjin City. The characteristic imitating ancient color paintings of more than five hundred, displayed according to the chronological order of Dynasty of Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing, are full of tinge of writing and ink, among which the Chinese Great Four Masterpieces i.e. The Romance of Three Kingdoms, the Water Margin, the Journey to the West, the Dream of the Red Chamber, and other paintings based on the themes of historic stories, ancient legends and dramas, display a painting roll of luck and wish, making the tourists place themselves in the immense history river. “Eating is in the Food Street, rambling in the Culture Street.” The Food Street and the Culture Street are the best choices for the outlanders who coming in Tianjin.

Ancient Culture Street, an ancient shining pearl in the west bank of Haihe River, Tianjin, warmly welcome tourists with its new look.    Editor: Zhang Jialu
Preparatory & Coordination Committee of Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2008