The historic Qinghefang Street in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Oct 17.
Qinghefang Street has been the commercial center of Hangzhou since the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).
In 1999, Hangzhou launched a renovation project to preserve the street. In 2001, the Qinghefang Street was reopened to the public and its renovation model has been hailed as an example of outstanding preservation of historic sites in Hangzhou.
Today, Qinghefang Street covers an area of over 220,000 square meters, houses 71 recognized historic sites, and is home to 14 national or provincial intangible heritage inheritors.
Over the past three years, the street has received over 25 million tourists and generated tourism revenues worth 3.03 billion yuan ($473.9 million).