Zhongshan Lu is a historic shopping street in Xiamen where pedestrians rule the roost. The scent that lingers among the colonial buildings here changes with every step, from perfume wafting out of boutiques to the spicy aromas of food stalls. Whether you’re looking for candied hawthorn fruit or silk embroidered fabrics, you’re sure to find an irresistible local specialty here.
Merchants from Europe alighted in Xiamen hundreds of years ago thanks to its close proximity to the Maritime Silk Route. This trade route has left its mark on the city: you will find hundreds of shops, warehouses and restaurants along Zhongshan Lu, the city’s most prosperous street. There is so much to see along this road, which cuts through the historic centre of Xiamen, that it can be hard to believe it’s only a kilometre long.
“Zhongshan Lu really comes to life at night”