Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism

Little Chaoshan in Zhejiang with 300+ Snacks

If we go to metropolises to feel prosperity and broaden our horizon, then going to Lanxi should be a cozy trip to stay away from the hustle and bustle.

And all one needs is a direct slow train traveling from Hangzhou to Lanxi. Admire the scenery on the way and feel totally relaxed.

Here, you can wander around the slightly outdated streets without haste and see the city brought by the river, where people and nature intermingle, drawing elements from nature and creating this food culture that predates Guangzhou’s morning tea. More than three hundred flavors that have been enriched by time, all with a strong humanistic temperament and simple style, are indeed irresistible.

And of course, the descendants of Zhuge uphold the ancestral tradition of their ancestors and cultivate their lives here, just for the sake of passing on traditional culture from generation to generation.

This small ancient city in Jinhua also once had the reputation of "Small Jinhua, Big Lanxi County."

In ancient times, Lanxi was "the confluence of three rivers, the waist of six waters, and the thoroughfare of seven provinces," and it was a very important town of water transportation at that time, the transfer point of imperial tribute from the southern provinces, and the water transportation hub connecting Shanghai and Hangzhou.

In 1912, the British writer A. S. Roe arrived in Lanxi by boat. At that time, there were many stores along the river docks and it was bustling with people and cargo ships from morning to night. There were tea houses and opera performances almost everywhere. It was such a prosperous scene.

Even today, we can still see traces of past glory of the small town through every scene and object.

Merchants from all over the world also promoted the blending of food culture from all over the world, which in turn created the amazing cuisines and unique tastes of Lanxi.a