Luoyang and Kaifeng Old Streets (洛阳与开封老街)

In cities with a thousand-year history, you could expectedly expect a co-existence of the old and new. Loitering around the corners of old streets in Luoyang and Kaifeng, it felt like a travel back in time.

Luoyang Old Street

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The ancient city gate.

Now an entrance to the Luoyang Old Street, one of the most popular hangout places for the locals. Interestingly enough, I was told that most of the native Luoyangers still live around, if not inside, the old city gate. Not something that I would expect, as I often label sites like this as “tourist traps” which locals would normally shun away from.

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One of the main streets inside the city gate, littered with merchants selling random items ranging from souvenirs to lingerie to leather wears to local delights.

The summer rain kept no one away. Spirits were high.

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Quietly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main commercial streets, tiny alleys like these are far from being deserted. They are filled with active households of the Luoyang locals.

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The Luoyang old street seemed to get even busier at nightfall. Lanterns were lit up, street food stalls popped up from nowhere, vendors cheering and yelling under the blinding lights to grab hold of the attention of their next potential customers.

I had a bowl of spicy stir-fried snails. It was yummy, no kidding :)

Travel Tips and Information

  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 23:00
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Address: Luoyang Road, Luoyang, Henan, China
  • How to get there: Bus 58, alight at Old Street station
  • Estimated time for sightseeing: Half a day

 

Kaifeng Old Street

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Officially named “The Kaifeng Street for Art Collection”, the old street connects a busy traffic intersection with the entrance of the Dragon Pavillion. Most of the shops along the street sell calligraphy works, Chinese teas and embroideries, hence the name.

The Kaifeng old street pales in comparison to its counterpart in Luoyang, in terms of liveliness and authenticity. I was one of the very few curious visitors to walk on the pedestrian path and entering into the many vacant stalls.  Way too commercial and artificial, I must say. It felt dead.

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Crowds were mainly found outside of old street the entrance – mostly locals commuting back home after a long day of work, showing indifference to the magnificence of the ancient architects.

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Along the almost-vacant pedestrian walk.

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A trishaw owner looking bored and playing with his high-tech mobile phone when business did not seem good…

Travel Tips and Information

  • Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Address: Outside Dragon Pavilion (Zhong Shan Road North Section, Kaifeng, Henan, China)
  • Estimated time for sightseeing: 30 mins

Read more about my journey in Henan, the cradle of Chinese civilisation: 

  1. Peony Festival in Luoyang (洛阳牡丹花会)
  2. A Visit to Emperor Wu Zetian’s Palace (一代女帝,武则天)
  3. The First Buddhist Temple in China (中国第一佛教古刹)
  4. #1 Attraction in Henan – The Longmen Grottoes(龙门石窟)
  5. Cultural Sites in Kaifeng – One of the 6 Chinese Ancient Capitals(开封古迹)

There are other places in Henan that you can find out about here: channelnewsasia.com/henan

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