In the midst of late autumn and early winter, Huaihai Road, a narrow street in the heart of Yangzhou is undergoing a stunning transformation as its Chinese parasol trees exchange their leaves. This annual spectacle has become a picturesque hot spot, enticing locals and visitors alike to capture the beauty of the season and post on social media.
The narrow street, situated in the heart of downtown, connects Slender West Lake, schools, university and restaurants. [Photo/WeChat account: yzs_lyj]
Along this historic street lie significant institutions such as Yangzhou Middle School, Yuanshi Square, and the Lianghuai Salt Affairs Checking Department, filling the road with a cultural ambiance. Nearby attractions beckon, including the unique Yangzhou Eight Eccentrics Memorial Hall, which showcases the artistic achievements of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, a group of eight painters who were active in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and rejected orthodox ideas about painting in favor of a style deemed expressive and individual. It also boasts a 700-year-old ancient ginkgo tree, casting a golden hue during autumn.
Yuanshi Square, a tribute to local academicians, sits next to Huaihai Road. [Photo/WeChat account: yzs_lyj]
Further adding to the allure are a sturdy locust tree estimated to be 1,065 years old, which was famously featured on national television. It also holds a symbolic significance for its ties to the folklore of "A dream of the governor of Nanke" .
Huaihai Road also offers many gastronomic delights. Ziqi Hot Pot, a local startup and favorite, boasts a refined taste with natural, fresh ingredients. Kequn Roasted Seeds and Nuts, a renowned shop for over two decades, satisfies cravings with a diverse array of fried treats.
Leaves of ginkgo trees fall in the yard of Yangzhou Eight Eccentrics Memorial Hall. [Photo/WeChat account: yzs_lyj]
Huaihai Road, thus, encapsulates the essence of Yangzhou—where history and culture intertwine seamlessly with natural beauty and culinary excellence, creating an inviting haven for all.