West of the old Gongchen Bridge, on the banks of the Grand Canal, is this large block with designs from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Restored by the government in 2008, it has since expanded to include a number of new attractions. With a range of services such as the culture of Chinese medicine, ceramics, and catering, this old block with a modern touch also offers a range of restaurants, cafes, bars, souvenir shops and museums.
Once old and frayed, this apartment block now radiates charm and beauty, yet retains its sense of calm and style. Immerse yourself in the past and let some of China’s history work in the Parasol Museum, or just relax in a café and read a book, both offering the Historic Block Qiaoxi, which gives you the chance to discover more about China’s past and at the same time enjoy modern facilities.