learning the city part seven: more place names
The next installment of learning the city involves learning the names and locations of the areas or neighborhoods in Hohhot. I decided to take the list from this website which is a real estate website. I like it because it’s the only one I’ve found that you can search by a smaller area than the city district yet a larger area than the specific xiao qu. Anyway, their list of places is pretty comprehensive, so we’ll use it to familiarize ourselves with the city. For the sake of the length of each post, we’ll do fifteen per post. Some of these places are also bus stops, so knowing these names will help with navigating the bus system as well. Here are today’s areas: I’ll post the characters, pinyin, and explanation, then a map below.
新世纪广场 xīn shìjì guǎngchǎng New Century Square is the small plaza in front of the old museum where Xin Hua and Zhong Shan Lu fork.
学府花园 xué fǔ huāyuán This is a housing development in the south part of the city.
昭君新村 zhāo jūn xīn cūn This is a housing complex between Xin Hua and Bei Yuan Jie on Dong Ying Nan Lu.
南华联 nán huá lián This is the South Hua Lian that is now also called Capital Mall (Kai De).
车站 chēzhàn The train station. The old/main location just north of Xin Hua Square
园艺所 yuányì suǒ The name means something like horticulture center but refers to the area east of Zhan Dong Lu, south of Wu Lan Cha Bu Road and north of the International Mongolian Medicine Hospital.
大召广场 dàzhào guǎngchǎng The area in front of Da Zhao, or the Big Temple.
长乐宫 cháng lè gong The shopping center on the southwest corner of Xin Hua and Dong Ying South Road. It’s distinctive landmark are the six, large red columns along the road on the north side of the building. Sometimes all of Dong Ying South Road is referred to as Chang Le Gong. (Chang Le Gong is across the street from the Mo Er Cheng or Victory City Mall)
如意小区 rúyì xiǎo qū Ru Yi is the development Zone on the East side of the city as well as the name of the plaza/square along the river. Ru YI Xiao Qu is a housing complex on the west side of the river.
桥华世纪村 qiáo huá shìjì cūn This one is hard to map as there are a few housing developments with the same name, all built by the same developer. They are generally south and east of the Shi Da/Nei Da/Nong Da area.
农大附近 nóng dà fùjìn The area surrounding Nong Da (Agriculture University). They have an east and west campus, but the campuses are in close proximity to one another.
三中附近 sān zhōng fùjìn The area around the Number 3 Middle School. When I’m mapping this, it’s pulling up as the same location as Fu Zhong, the middle school affiliated with Shi Da. I haven’t heard it called the Number 3, I only hear it referred to as Fu Zhong, but perhaps they are the same place. Or perhaps I am no help to you in finding the Number 3 School.
鼓楼 gǔ lóu This is the area around the bridge in the center of the city. Gu means drum. I heard that many years ago there was a drum tower in that area, so the area stills carries the name “drum tower” although it no longer exists.
健康街 jiànkāng jiē Healthy Street. This road runs east/west between Hulunbeier Road and Xilingoule Road. There are a number of hospitals (the Red Cross Hospital and Chinese/Mongolian Medicine Hospital) and health product stores (such as sugar free foods for diabetics) along this street.
维多利广场 wéi duō lì guǎngchǎng This is WeiDuoLi’s high-end shopping center on the corner of Xing An and Xin Hua.