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Feel the Charm of Old Beijing Hutong in Yandaixiejie

Where is the best place to kill the time in Beijing? May be you could say the Sanlitun, but the Houhai area will be a better place. Different from Sanlitun, Houhai area has some traditional style and atmosphere, here, you can find some characteristics of old Beijing and fresh architecture of Qing Dynasty.


In this area, Yandai Xiejie is one the most worthy place to visit and kill time. Yandai Xiejie, located at northeast of Qianhai in Shi Cha Hai area, is one of the most old business street in Beijing. Yandai Xiejie, a business pedestrian with traditional cultural characteristic, starts from Dianmenwai Dajie in east in 232 meters. Out from the exit of southwest, you can see the famous view of Yingding Guanshan. Yandai Xiejie seems like a real pouch itself. The narrow and long street likes the pole of pouch, and east entry just like the mouth of pouch. It is worth the name of Yandai Xiejie.


Constructions in both sides of Yandai Xiejie are all simple and graceful, and the obvious style of Ming and Qing Dynasties attracts the sights of tourists. The form of shops standing at front of resident shows the heavy amorous feelings of downtown and full characteristic of old Beijing. Seems like a time tunnel, you will see the fashion tourists in different skins and languages when you enter it. Travelers always find the toys and accessories with profound trace of time. Suddenly, you do not know the time and place. Yandai Xiejie always gathers many courtyards, not only the old business street, but also old cultural street.

Shop in Yandaixiejie

According to records, there were many shop selling pouches in Ming Dynasty at Yandai Xiejie. Among them, a shop named as Shuang Sheng Tai set a huge wooden big pipe as the shop sign. For long time, it was famous in all over the city. As time passes, Gulou Street changed to be the Yandai Xiejie.

Now, Yandai Xiejie still gathers various characteristic shops, many of which have strong feelings of traditional culture. Walking in it, you can find what you have lost in modern rhythm.