Recently, Zaozi Alley officially opened after renovation. This "brand-new" street features two elements of retro and traditional Chinese medicine. Since then, Chengdu has another characteristic block that can be photographed and experienced. Let's go together to see the highlights of new Zaozi Alley.
Take Metro Line 2, Line 4 and Line 5 and get off at Chengdu University of TCM & Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital Station and walk to Zaozi Alley. Zaozi Alley was named after the two rows of jujube trees planted in the 1930s. Perhaps based on this history, many of buildings, buildings overhang and external facades of Zaozi Alley have adopted the design style in the 1930s. The memorial gate, archway and lamppost of the street have all restored the street scene at that time.
In the east of the alley is also designed with large three-dimensional wall painting, becoming a good spot for photo taking. In addition, the 12th Bridge Campus of Chengdu University of TCM, which was established in 1956, is also located here, and some old buildings are still reserved for filming.
Zaozi Alley has a deep relationship with traditional Chinese medicine. In the alley, there are not only the 12th Bridge Campus of Chengdu University of TCM, as one of the four earliest colleges and universities of traditional Chinese medicine in China, but also many stores of traditional Chinese medicine, including Sichuan Derentang, and Nanjing Tongrentang, which carry out a number of related businesses such as medicine sales, medical treatment and so on. Some of the stores also hired senior traditional Chinese physicians to take the pulse for patients.
In addition, fresh "commodity" such as Chinese medicine nourishing gift and Chinese medicine scientific research innovation products can be seen in Zaozi Alley. Many stores have also innovated on the basis of Chinese medicine, and taken the route of selling herbal coffee and healthy keeping of Sichuan tea. For foreign friends who want to experience Chinese medicine culture, Zaozi Alley is indeed a "one-stop" experience point that can't be missed.
Walking in Zaozi Alley, it is not difficult to see a variety of micro landscapes related to Chinese medicine culture. The embossed wall set up in the west section of Zaozi Alley shows the four methods of diagnosis and treatment of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the introduction of famous Chinese doctors such as Hua Tuo and Bian Que.
In the east section, a display board is also arranged near the entrance for popular science of common Chinese medicinal materials. The display board specially uses flip design, and the two sides of the board are respectively the names and physical objects of Chinese medicinal materials. Visitors can participate in this small game to check their knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine.
While wandering, pay attention to the ground and visitors will find that the pavement bricks on the sidewalk also use the method of intaglio (that is, patterns or words are carved into concave shapes) to draw Chinese herbal medicine and mark the names, including Morinda officinalis and other relatively trivial Chinese medicinal materials.
At the east end of the alley, there is a garden landscape with "hand holding a silver needle" which also sets off the traditional Chinese medicine features of the street.
Cultural and creative economy
In addition to traditional Chinese medicine, there are many cultural and creative elements, such as craft beer bar, tea culture and characteristic dining shops along the street. There are merchants operating the coffee and bar business besides tea and tea arts. The coffee taste is not outstanding, but pure Chinese decoration design and rich tea products may be suitable for interested friends. In all shops, the most "fantastic" should belong to "five elements hotpot cooking". The store divides hotpot seasoning according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine "metal, wood, water, fire and earth" and match the experience of medicinal meals. Due to time limit, I can't have a try, but net friends all give high evaluation. Interested friends can go to have a taste.
After visiting Zaozi Alley, if you want to pursue more "Chengdu flavor" and Chinese elements, you can also walk about 500 meters from the east end of Zaozi Alley to visit Kuanzhai Alley and experience the charm of Chengdu's old characteristic blocks.