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Qianmen Street

Besides Wangfujing Street, there is another famous pedestrian street which was also become a cultural street in ancient times of China, the street called Qianmen Street.

Overview of Qianmen Street
Located in the central area of the capital, Qianmen Street is a famous pedestrian street with a total length about 840 meters and 21 meters in width. Situated nearby from Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, this street has been a prosperous area for more than 600 years and has accumulated some long-standing stores. Some buildings along the street even still remain its architectural design from the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Since Qing Dynasty, Qianmen Street has become one popular cultural and commercial street in Beijing. It was called Zhengyangmen Street during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and finally got the present name in 1965. After the renovation and reopened on August 7th, visitors who visit the street can still admire the feeling of old China. Streetcars, decorated archway and bird cages as well as bronze drums and candied haws, all familiar to Beijing people reappear on the street.

Shopping in Qianmen Street
Today, Qianmen Street houses lots of time honored shop as well as modern international stores. Multistory shops modeled after traditional Chinese architecture line the street. The old famous stores are including the famous Quanjude Peking Duck Restaurant, Pianyi Workshop, Yitiaolong Mutton Restaurant, Duyichu Shaomai Restaurant, Tongrentang Pharmacy, Neiliansheng Shoe Shop, Ruifuxiang Silk Shop, Majuyuan Hat Store, Dabei Photo Studio, Changchuntang (a drugstore which has a history of more than 200 years), and many others. All of them can be the representative of the Chinese traditional cultures which still clinging among Chinese.

Moreover, Qianmen Street also houses many international brands, such as H&M, Haagen-Dazs, Sephora, ZARA, Qggle, COSTA CAFÉ, and SK Jewelry. After wandering along the street, tourists even can relax at one of favorite café such as Starbucks or COSTA CAFÉ. Besides, old-fashioned trolley/tram which being absent for 40 years also worthy to experience. It will take visitors to have sightseeing along the street. A short ten-minute ride will take visitors between the north and south ends. Each one can accommodate up to 84 visitors at a time.

How to Get Qianmen Street
By Subway:
Take the Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen Station. Get out from southwest or southeast exit.
By Bus:
Bus: No. 5, 17, 22, 48, 66, 82, 120, 301, 646, 826; get off at Qianmen Station.