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15 July 2015

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Taiping Street

 

Rich in stories, the old street is located in the southern part of Changsha's old town. The block is bordered by Wuyi Avenue on the north, Jiefang Road on the south, Weiguo Street on the west, and Sanxing Street and Santai Street on the east. With a total area of 12.57 hectares, 375 meters in length and only 7 meters in width, the fishbone-shaped block hasn't change at all over the past 200 years.

 

 

Since the Warring States periods (475 or 403-221BC), Taiping Street has been the center of Changsha. It was the location of a number of famous residences during the Qin (221-207BC) and the Han (202BC-220AD) Dynasties. Patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278BC) and Counselor Jia Yi, a conspicuous statesman and writer during West Han Dynasty also lived here.

 

 

 

The Street is the epitome of ancient Changsha. It is easy to notice the antique architectures built along the street. The buildings are characterized by small grey tiles, pitched roofs, white ridge tiles, fire seals, wooden doors and windows, stone gates, grey brick walls, roofless inner courtyards, and guardrails. Nowadays, the shops and old-styled residences along the street still maintain their older look.

 

 

The old street is the root of a city which carries forward the city's culture and history. Taiping Street fabulously displays Changsha's thousand-year-old tradition. Today's Taiping Street is fast becoming the new landmark and a new name card of Changsha, which fully demonstrates the glamour of Huxiang Culture and embodies Changsha's ancient flavor.