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Nanluogu Xiang
Once neglected and ramshackle, strewn with spent coal briquettes in winter, and silent bar the hacking coughs of shuffling old-timers and the jangling of bicycle bells, the funky north–south alleyway of Nanluogu Xiang (literally ‘South Gong and Drum Alley', and roughly pronounced ‘nan-law-goo-syang') has been undergoing an evolution since 1999 when Pass By Bar first threw open its doors. The alley was the subject of a complete makeover in 2006, and another in 2016. Today, it's an insatiably hectic strip of snack vendors, wi-fi cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels and trendy shops.
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