Enning Lu (恩宁路 Ēn Níng Lù), near famous Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Shopping Street, has a history of some 100 years and spans 1500-meters in downtown Guangzhou, featuring more than ten cultural and historical relics. Former residents spent half their lives watching Cantonese opera in the Xiguan Dawu (西关大屋), and many visited the area in search of a very specific metallic composite: bronze.
Xiguan people living in Enning Road have retained their way of life. The evolution of the city has seemingly stopped here. Elderly with fans lying next to sliding timber doors, sleepy dogs on the stone-made streets, stalls selling steel pans, coal or repairing shoes, old-style shops for hair dressing and tailoring. Elements of Xiguan culture concentrated in this tiny historic road.
Walking along Enning Road , you will be enchanted by the arcades on this over 1500-meter long street. These arcades were mainly built in the 1920s and 1930s and are well preserved. Due to these extensive arcades, Enning Road is hailed as one of the most beautiful old streets in Guangzhou.
Walking down from the teeming, business-driven Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street to enter Enning Lu, you start getting a sense of ease, as the noise of store employees yelling out their wares fades away and stillness descends. It is a strong analogy between the present and past made clear by a 15-minute walk. Strolling beside verandaed buildings, you know you are on Enning when the glimmer of golden teapots, Buddha statues, gourds and other glittering arrays catch the eye.