Qinhuai River Night Market, Nanjing
The Qinhuai River, a branch of the mighty Yangtze River has nursed the rich civilization of the region. The inner river of the river once was the famous red-light districts throughout the nation in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Painted boats with red lanterns once shuttled to and from, heavily made-up, gifted almes all became historical things. A busy colourful bazaar has gradually taken shape here. Now the flourishing riverside area can be compared to the Nanjing Road of Shanghai and some do call it the "Mini Nanjing Road". Small shops, stores, restaurants and bars cluster the area. You can find everything here ranging from colourful trinkets to local specialties. If you are good at bargaining you will be able to purchase some very cheap items here.
At night the whole area is lit up with colourful lights thus creating a very impressive scene. A lively street market is set up in the area and both locals and tourists take part in the bargain hunt. Taking a leisurely stroll along the riverside, seeing the Chinese vendors doing their business or boarding a colourfully decorated boats flowering through the aged river will be a memorial experience.
This place is very popular with the locals and many see or buy their items here, or they just hang out around the area. Many foreigners find it a good place to taste the local cuisine. The many snack stalls dotted within the area offer a range of food: (Baozi) steamed buns-stuffed with pork, and other delicate fillings, Bawei Dawei doufunao (eight-flavoured jellied bean curd pastries) roasted beef, salty duck, animal stomach, chicken feet (phoenix feet) and much more. In addition it is a good place for photo opportunities.
The area is at the south of Jiankang Road, along the Qinhuai River.
Annually a lantern show is presented here on 15 January in the Chinese lunar calendar - that's the day of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival.It is an important occasion for the locals and a large number of them will chill out and enjoy that colourful gala.