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Ten characteristic streets in Beijing

Updated: Jan 29,2015 9:22 AM

1. Liulichang Street

1. Liulichang Street

Location: South Xinhua Street, Hepingmenwai, Xicheng District, Beijing.

Liulichang Street of Chinese Culture is a 750 meter long collection of all kinds of Calligraphy, art, antiques and paintings that China has to offer. The street is a hub of China’s culture and one is totally taken in by the aura surrounding it. Located south of the Peace gate in Beijing the street is a favorite with tourists.

2. ShiChahai Bar Street

Location: No 1, Xihai Dongyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District.

As one of the famous bar streets in Beijing, ShiChahai is a place combined with ancientness and modernization, tradition and fashion. You can drink beer, chat with friends, sightsee at the lake and have a good time here. ShiChahai represents the feature of Beijing. People come here to seek quietness in this noisy district.

3. Nanluoguxiang

Located several kilometers north of the Forbidden City and just east of Houhai Lake is Nanluoguxiang, an 800-meter long North-South alleyway filled with cafes, bars, and shops all designed in classical Chinese ‘hutong’ style. Nanluoguxiang has a history of over 800 years. Once a flourishing commercial street during the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), the area became a popular residential area for government officials and elites during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties.

4. Maliandao Tea Street

Located in Xicheng District, Maliandao Tea Street is conveniently located near Beijing West Railway Station. The 1, 500 m-long-strip has become the biggest tea market in Beijing and the largest tea distribution center in northern China. There are almost one thousand tea-stores offering leaves from the largest seven tea producing areas of China. All kinds of tea can be found here and it is popular with both Beijingers and visitors.

5. Wangfujing Commercial Street

Wangfujing Street is the most famous commercial area in Beijing. The history of Wangfujing Street can be traced back to the 13th century, the early Yuan Dynasty. It is located to the east of Tiananmen Square and stretches from the Chinese Art Gallery to Dongchan’an Avenue.

6. Wangfujing Snack Street

Location: south of Wangfujing Haoyou World Shopping Center

Wangfujing Snack Street has a famous long standing reputation. There are several hundred shops and stalls in the street, where the traditional architecture features of the ancient capital blend harmoniously with modern city culture and which is also the gathering place of famous snacks from Beijing and various other places in China.

7. Qianmen Street

Located at the center of Beijing near Tiananmen Square, Qianmen Street, no more than 2 km long, has been a prosperous area for more than 600 years and has accumulated some long-standing stores. Many well-known Chinese stores started their operations there.

8. Gulou Dong Dajie

Location: Dongcheng District, Beijing.

Both sides of Gulou Dong Dajie are packed with everything that any young, single and socially-active person needs. There are 36 electronic gaming courts and some cartoon stores on this street and most of their bosses are youths in their twenties.

9. Panjiayuan Market

Location: No 18 Huaweili, Chaoyang District, Beijing

The market lies to the southwest of Panjiayuan Bridge, East 3rd Ring Road South, Chaoyang District. It covers an area of 48,500 square meters, of which 26,000 square meters are for business. It mainly deals in antiques and old articles, handiwork, collections, and decorative articles, with an annual business volume of several hundred million RMB. There are over 4,000 shops in the market, with nearly 10,000 dealers, 60 percent of whom come from 28 provinces, cities, and autonomous regions outside Beijing and over a dozen nationalities such as Han, Hui, Manchu, Miao, Dong, Uygur, Mongolian, and Korean.

10. Sanlitun Bar Street

Sanlitun Bar Street was the earliest aggregation of bars. As early as 1989, the first bar appeared in the area. Due to its special location-near the embassy district, foreigners are regular customers of the bars. Sanlitun Bar Street is scattered with a number of bars of different styles ranging from Europe to Asian, modern to nostalgic, tranquil to noisy. Every bar has its own style and unique taste.