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SanFangQiXiang is part of the Tentative list of China in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

SanFangQiXiang, the historic district of the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, is located in Fuzhou. It is a relatively independent area in the city has maintained its traditional urban fabric of lanes and alleys shaped in the Jin and the Tang Dynasties. SanFangQiXiang has preserved the street patterns that have lasted for more than a thousand years, while the relics both on the ground and subterranean reflect the evolution of the urban structure of Fuzhou city from the Lifang System to the Lanes System since the Tang and the Song Dynasties. SanFangQiXiang is testimony of how the class of literati and officialdom who deeply rooted with Confucianism, had practiced the Chinese feudal ethical philosophy and political theory.

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Zoƫ Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 31-Mar-18 -

SanFangQiXiang (T) by Zoe Sheng

Three Lanes and Seven Alleys is a small block in Fuzhou city that represents its old town. Having seen grande old towns at Lijiang and Pingyao makes this seem very puny. The entire urban planning aspect is invisible to visitors. I also did not see any guided tours coming in to explain anything but I'm sure there are. I think that may be worth it as like I said it just feels like a modernized old town with the McDonald's (or was it Starbucks) disguised in a tiled roof and wooden facade.

Whereas I'm glad this part of the city is protected and the snacks don't seem overpriced to make you think it's a tourist trap, I wouldn't come this all this way just for seeing Sanfangqixiang. It was actually a stopover from Wuyishan to flesh the trip out a bit. You can stroll around the alleys for a good hour or so, having snacks and taking pictures of the buildings.

I can see this making the inscribed list in a few years seeing that it's China and the cultural aspect is genuinely interesting.

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2013 Revision

2013 Added to Tentative List

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