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Historical Mark – Former Residence of Celebrities in Nanluoguxiang

These old and quiet lanes in Nanluoguxiang are the gathering place for pocketful of fashion shops. Hardly imagine, here gathers many former residences of celebrities in old Beijing.

Nanluoguxiang, 786 meters in length, focuses on main street Nanluoguxiang and each symmetrical 8 hutongs in west and east, and here was the city architecture structure in checkboard type in beginning of capital of Yuan Dynasty. From Ming and Qing Dynasties, here was always the living area for wealthy including many high officials and noble lords and social celebrities. With 700 years history, every hutong in Nanluoguxiang was left the trace of history.

Former Residence of Mao Dun
Former Residence of Mao Dun

Refer to literary masters, you might think of Mao Dun who lived at No. 13, Yuanensi Hutong, Nanluoguxiang. Where he lived is the old address of Yuanen Temple in Yuan Dynasty. After so many years, there is no trace of temple, just an ordinary quadrangle courtyard now. Entering Former Residence of Mao Dun, you will be attracted by the cultural atmosphere. The west wing-room is the book room and reception room and east wing-room is the dining room. Now the reception rooms in front-yard are regarded as the display halls, showing some manuscripts, letters, literature publication, etc. Everything here reflects the simplicity and brief life of Mao Dun.

Former Residence of Qi Baishi
Former Residence of Qi Baishi

Pay attention to famous writers in painting and calligraphy in modern China, many people think of Qi Baishi firstly who lived in No. 13, Yuer Hutong, Nanluoguxiang. The No. 11, 13 and 15 in Yuer Hutong was the residence of the fourth son of Hong Taiji, and the Former Residence of Qi Baishi is the part of original residence. No. 13 courtyard has been become the Qi Baishi Memorial Hall and now the one of cultural protection units in Dongcheng District in Beijing. Standing in this former residence and enjoying the paintings and calligraphies by Qi Baishi, you must plaint the elegance and open and clear of this man.

Besides these opened Former Residences of Celebrities, Nanluoguxiang has many courtyards left the traces of famous people. Walking in it, you must enjoy its flourishing time vaguely from some sites. If you have visited just featured shops in Nanluoguxiang, you can travel it again to recall your memory for old China.

Wandering around Forbidden City

Forbidden City, the supreme power center in 5 centuries of China, becomes the invaluable historical witness of Chinese civilization in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The palaces of Forbidden City were arranged along with the axle wire. This axle wire is not only passes through the Forbidden City, but also the whole city. How grand it is! Around Forbidden City, you will find much more funny places.

Donghuamen Night Market

In east of Forbidden City, there is a gate named as Donghua Gate. It is usually used for workers. But at night, it becomes more flourishing just because of Donghuamen Night Market. Various snacks stalls connected as a scenery line, along with the cooking smell, you will find the natural, enthusiasm and simple old amorous feelings of ancient Beijing. No matter what season, you will have chance to taste the local authentic snacks in Donghuamen Night Market. Gathered almost 200 stalls, Donghuamen Night Market has famous and high-quality snacks across the country. Here will give you cool in summer and warm in winter.

Beijing Wangfujing Street

Wangfujing Pedestrian Street is located at east of Tiananmen Square and it is 1,800 meters totally. Today, Wangfujing has been rebuilt to be a flourishing comprehensive business pedestrian street. Rebuilt Wangfujing shapes the structure of golden cross, focus on the crossroads of west exit of Jinyu Hutong, the east street is hotel street, the west is the leisure and snack street, the south street is he flourishing business pedestrian street and the north street is the entertainment and culture street. Wangfujing Street is the gathering place for many famous shops and shopping malls. You can buy anyone you want here without any troubles.

Dongjiaominxiang Hutong

The longest hutong – Dongjiaominxiang, is the embassy area in old Beijing. It is one of the hutongs in Dongcheng District, starts from east road of Tiananmen Square in west to Chongwenmennei Street in east, and total 3 kilometers long. It is the longest hutong of old Beijing. History leaves various western constructions in different styles, and they attract many travelers from home and abroad. The shortest hutong – Yichidajie, is only more than 10 meters, sits at southeast of east exit of Liulichang East Street. From east to west, it is worthy the name of the shortest hutong in Beijing. It has only 6 shops in 10 meters, and it is the epitome of Beijing hutong. Now, this hutong has been merged into Meimeixiejie.

Strolling along Qianmen Commercial Street

Qianmen, in mouth of people, includes Zhengyang Gate, Pearl Market and Dashilan area. Qianmen is the most important place on axle wire of Beijing, also is the core area of protection of ancient capital features. In Ming and Qing Dynasties, Qianmen is the necessary road to Temple of Heaven and Altar of the God of Agriculture. Nowadays, Qianmen Street still keeps the style of history.

Panorama View of Qianmen Street

Eat in Qianmen. Walking in Qianmen Street every time, I have a feeling of pass through. Even through Qianmen Street is crowded with tourists and fashion music, the Dashilan is still old and restores ancient ways. In ancient time, Beijing was called as Peking, the Qianmen is the gathering place of cate including many characteristic restaurants. After hundred years, Quan Ju De shapes its own style of cooking including Quan Ju De Roast Duck and 400 dishes, which was loved by the governments, officials and social celebrities. The past Prime Zhou liked to select the Quanya Banquet as the state banquet.

Go shopping in Qianmen. Qianmen Street is the famous business street and old culture street, located at axle wire of Beijing, and starts from Moon Bay in north to Tianqiao Intersection in south. With 570 years history, Qianmen Street is also known as Heaven Street. It is 845 meters totally, is Pedestrian Business Street. Only both sides of Qianmen Street is covers an area of 66,000 square meters, contains about 180 shops. The long history of Qianmen Street shapes the old famous shops such as Liubiju Paste, Tongrentang Drugstore, Ruifuxiang Silk Store, Neiliansheng Shoes shop, etc.

Tramcar in Qianmen Street

Play in Qianmen. The world famous Laoshe Tea House created in 1988, is located at west of Qianmen Street, and close to Tiananmen Square. It is the representative gathering place of tea house culture of old Beijing, national demonstration base of the cultural industry and AAA tourist scenic spot. Here, you can enjoy the original characteristic performances, taste Chinese famous tea, buy top-level tea and eat the imperial characteristic snacks. Especially, you will see many celebrities in night shows. All these featured national art and programs attract travelersdeeply. Laoshe Tea House is called as the window of showing the essence of Chinese culture art and the bridge connects the friendship of home and abroad, and it is the human landmark of Beijing culture.

Qianmen Street is good place to eat, play and go shopping. Here, you have good chance to appreciate the most characteristics of Beijing.

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