Three Lanes and Seven Alleys
The Three Lanes and Seven Alleys is a general name for the ten lanes and alleys on Nanhou street from north to south. The Three Lanes include Yimian lane, Wenru lane and Guanglu lane, and the Seven Alleys include Yangqiao alley, Langguan alley, Anmin alley, Yellow alley, Tower alley, Palace alley and Jipi alley. The total area of the ten lanes covers 40 hector, with 268 ancient civilian residences.
The Three Lanes and Seven Alleys was built at Luo city, an ancient city in Tang Dynasty. At that time, Antai river served as the south border of Luo city, the political center and the noble residence were in the north, while the commercial center and civilian residence were in the south. The ancient people like to built their city symmetrically, so they built the city wall as the axes to separate the two parts of the city. In the south, the civilians built lanes as their residence.
Here you can see criss-crossed lanes paved with flagstone. You can also see the delicate tiled houses with white walls, and in most of the houses, there are pavilions, gardens, fake mountains, flowers and grasses. The doors, windows, steps, doorcases, flower-pot pastorals and columns are all decorated with beautiful sculpture, showing the civilian art of Fuzhou in the ancient times, therefore the block is honored as the Museum of Ancient Architecture.
The Three Lanes and Seven Alleys is also a birthplace of many famous politicians, militants, litterateurs and poets. You can see the glorious past just from the name of some of its lanes.
Today the city still keeps part of lanes and alleys of Tang and Song Dynasty. They have become one of the important symbols of the ancient city, the most famous is the block called Three Lanes and Seven Alleys.
Beside 817 road at the center of Fuzhou city.
you can go there by bus to South station or Daoshan station. The lanes are not eye-catching, you may find them at Jipi lane or on the west side of Daoshan road. The must-see lanes are Nanhou street and palace lane.
From the train station or the north station, you can go there by bus No. 5, 18, 22 or 55 to Shuangpaoqiao station.
From the south station, you can go by bus No. K1, 8 or 801 to South street.
From the west station, you can go by bus No. 5 to Shuangpaoqiao station.
I updated this article on December 16, 2012
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