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Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hu Qing Yu Tang)

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Address: No.95 Dajing Alley, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China
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Must see attraction, but also a working pharmacy

The aromas of the herbs and other ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine was what hit me first, and the fact that we passed through what looked like a working pharmacy... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2017
James K
Toronto, Canada
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a medical doctor and a dentist this was a very interesting place to visit. We went with our guide (David, China Highlights). He helped explain the principles of traditional chinese medicine and could tell about it's story. The pharmacy has been there since 1874 The building itself is definitely worth a visit! Richly ornamented, and a beautiful place. The... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

The aromas of the herbs and other ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine was what hit me first, and the fact that we passed through what looked like a working pharmacy (my wife thinks it was more wholesale, but I am not so sure). I had not realized that a pharmacist, Sun Sim Lao (nicknamed the Medicine King), from over... More 

Thank James K
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

We were fortunate to have an acupressure and then a consultation by a Professor. Very interesting, not everyone needed any medicine but those that did advised that the professor was spot on!

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Cobourg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

This place is a real life infomercial selling overpriced "herbal" remedies. It offers free foot massages and an opportunity to find out what ails you but have one of an army of "doctors" determine everything from cancer to sex drive while taking your pulse. Doctors will write prescriptions for overpriced "herbal" remedies. No doubt the place profits from placebo effect... More 

Thank John H
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Since I am a herbalist this place did not disappoint as I saw the TCM pharmacy in action and also looked at the museum . The museum looked old and tired but had good information , in fact a lot of good information on TCM history . I stayed their some time to get away from the crowds at Hefang... More 

Thank plfarnsworth
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016

We have visited Hu Qing Yu Tang of Hefeng Street in April this year and found that the place was very interesting. You could grapse certain information on the development of Chinese medicines and the ways of treatment of diseases in the past. Lots of bottles containing different medicines were placed on ground floor and the staff there could easily... More 

Far North Queensland - Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

We visited here on a shore excursion, sadly we had very limited time. The building has several displays, including jars of preserved animals and stuffed tigers and rhino's. The smell is very potent and the working TCM area is very impressive, filled to the rafters with jars and jars of ?, various funghi fill the shelves and people are busy... More 

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Arad, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

You almost expect to see around you old Chinese doctors, in traditional costumes. Also a good place to buy medicines made after the traditional recipes. Hangzhou is a very important medicine and pharmacy center.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2015

We went to this museum at the end of september, but the place wasn´t crowded at all. The museum is located in a historical building near Hefang street. On the ground floor there is a big old pharmacy where you can buy traditional chinese medicaments. When you walk through the pharmacy, you will come to the entrance of the museum.... More 

Thank Anna J
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

A charming and fascinating stop of a long day of walking the city. We stumbled upon the museum, and entered on a whim. RMB 10 is the entry fee, and it yransports you to a magical world of ancient cures and concoctions. The building itself is beautiful and graceful, the exhibits a bit old and dusty but nevertheless intriguing and... More 

Thank Gerhard G

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