Xi­a­men special

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Xidi Cof­fee Street en­hances lo­cals’ fash­ion­able life­styles

Xidi Cof­fee Street, along the west bank of Yun­dang Lake, has dozens of Western­style villa cafes and restau­rants.

The street is a haven for cof­fee lovers, lo­cal and for­eign alike, to sip, chat and forget the stresses of ur­ban liv­ing.

When night falls, the cafes along Yun­dang Road turn on their neon lights, pro­vid­ing a glow to per­fectly il­lu­mi­nate one of the trendi­est places in Xi­a­men.

A unique cof­fee cul­ture along the bank of Yun­dang Lake has grad­u­ally formed, turn­ing an area with pre­vi­ously low vis­i­tor flow into a pros­per­ous eco­nomic cir­cle.

Au­thor­i­ties have en­hanced the in­fra­struc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment of the street, in­clud­ing re­pair­ing the wooden path, in­stalling street­lights, des­ig­nat­ing park­ing spa­ces and im­ple­ment­ing a green­ing project.

The flour­ish­ing Xidi Cof­fee Street has boosted the de­vel­op­ment of the sur­round­ing area, with wine cel­lars, up­scale cloth­ing stores, beauty sa­lons, tea houses and restau­rants spring­ing up in all di­rec­tions.

Nearby, Guan­ren com­mer­cial cir­cle fea­tures cafes, bars, su­per­mar­kets and in­ter­na­tional ho­tels. The 380-me­ter­long cof­fee street has 14 cafes and the 240-me­ter-long bar street boasts 25 bars.

A special fund has been set up to en­hance the in­fra­struc­ture and en­vi­ron­ment of the com­mer­cial cir­cle. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment and Guan­ren Com­mer­cial As­so­ci­a­tion worked to­gether to cre­ate a 3-D map of the area.

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