ee long streets, namely the upper street, middle street and lower street.Of three streets, the middle street is the most prosperous. It is approximately1500 m long from the Du Lakeside Doutang Bridge by to the Beach Bridge. Themiddle street once was the bustling commercial place in the history of Sanbei(was made up of former Yuyao, Cixi and Zhenhai County). The riverside street islined with shops, with so many people coming and going. The riverside longcanopy corridor along the street stretches more than one li and is a shelter in bad weather. In the early Republican period,Minghe ancient town was Cixi’s important distribution center for “threewhites" (cotton, cloth and rice). At that time, more than 200 river shipsberthed in the river. Today’s ancient street, albeit less prosperity compared tothe past, still displays the ancient charm.