Zhongshan Road Street Food Night Market

In an old and somehow derelict part of the city center, dozens of street restaurants and food stalls pile up local delicacies, traditional dishes from other regions and even the odd "contemporary" dish.
Photography / Text: Wenpeng Lu

Chinese people take their food seriously. So even in a medium-sized (according to Chinese standards) city like Nanning, there has to be a street like Zhongshan Lu. In an old and somehow derelict part of the city center, dozens of street restaurants and food stalls pile up local delicacies, traditional dishes from other regions and even the odd "contemporary" dish. Some dishes on display will make you salivate; other you won't even want to know what they're made of.

Seafood is everywhere, the alignement of skewers a feast for the eyes and the mix of smells changes every time something new is grilled. It is very busy all night, from late snacks to early bird breakfast after partying. A photographer can venture there any time from evening to 4am and, weather allowing, find great contrast between darkness and fire burning. Cooks as customers are deep inside their food and don't mind you snapping as many pictures as you want.

You will have more problem staying focussed: needless to say, most of the food is delicious.They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If so, streets like Zhongshan Road are the very heart of China.

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Location

Zhongshan Road Street Food Night Market

190 Zhong Shan Lu Qingxiu Qu
Nanning, Southwest China, China