Dazhong Lane is one of the famous ancient food streets in Lanzhou, locating in Chengguan District near the Zhangye Road Pedestrian Street. Though the lane is not so wide, there are many century-old food stores which can be found along the street. Dazhong Lane has been an alley in the city since the Ming Dynasty. Many official residences and buildings have been built in the area. Then, the alley turned into the food lane nowadays.
People will find the famous “Mazilu Beef Noodles” Restaurant at Dazhong Lane. “Mazilu Beef Noodles” Restaurant was established in 1954, which is welcomed by people from home and abroad. The Beef Noodles are the most famous cuisine in Lanzhou. It was first created during the reign period of Emperor Guangxu (1875 - 1908) of Qing Dynasty. This dish has five main features: clear soup, white radish, red pepper, green caraway and yellow noodles. The noodles can either wide or slim to meet different preferences of the diners.
Niang Pi Zi is another famous food in the northwestern cities. Steamed the flour paste for 3 - 4 minutes; then cut into strips and served with mustard, garlic, sesame butter, chili oil, vinegar and soy sauce. It is a favorite food among the locals and tourists. Tourists can try the Niang Pi Zi at the “Dazhong Gaodan Niangpi” store.
Dazhong Lane in the future
The preliminary work for the reconstruction project of Dazhong has been completed in 2019. After the project, the Dazhong Lane is listed as National 4A Class Scenic Spot. The supporting facilities become more completed which bring more convenience to the clients.
After the reconstruction project, the layout of the Dazhong Lane will form the layout of "one temple", "one street" and "three districts". "One temple" refers to the historical Chenghuang Temple or City God Temple which is near to Dazhong Lane. The temple provides a place for people to learn folk customs, hold temple fairs and show weekend operas.
The "one street” refers to the main streets of Dazhong Lane. The “three districts” are divided into "Modern Square", "Cultural Food District" and "Yellow River Cultural Custom Zone”, combining the historic relics, customs, catering and the Yellow River culture.