Central Street (Harbin)

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Central Street
Native name中央大街  (Chinese)
Former name(s)Chinese Street (中国大街)
Length1450m
Width21m
LocationHarbin, China
Construction
Construction start1898
Completion1920

Central Street (Chinese: 中央大街) is a pedestrian street located in central Harbin, China. Measuring 1450 meters long, it is currently the longest pedestrian street in China and the only cobbled street in Harbin[1]. It was built in 1898 by Russian constructors when the city was at its semi-colonial period. Architectures along the street are in various styles including eclectic, Baroque, Renaissance and modern[2].

History[edit]

The street was built in 1898 when China Eastern Railway, a railway crossing Manchuria, was under construction, making Harbin a major railway hub and prospering the city. In 1925, cobblestone was paved on the street with great costs in order to prevent erosion from the nearby Songhua River. By 1920s, the street has become an international street with more than one hundred shops. Its main inhabitants then were Russians, Jews, Chinese, Japanese and various other ethnic groups. In 1986, Central Street was listed preserved by Harbin municipal government[2].

Noted Architectures[edit]

  • Modern Hotel 马迭尔宾馆
  • Huamei Restaurant 华梅饭店
  • Educational Bookstore 教育书店
  • Daoli Churin Store 道里秋林商店

References[edit]

  1. ^ "最具西洋风情的哈尔滨中央大街". sina.com.
  2. ^ a b "中央大街". harbin.gov.cn.