|Qianmen Street |
It has history of more than 570 years. It was called Zhengyangmen Street during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and finally got the present name in 1965. During the Qing Dynasty, there were many specialized outlets on either side of it, such as a meat market, cloth market and jewelry market. And there were also many craftsman workshops, warehouses and theatres in the Hutongs nearby.
After more than one year's renovation, it was reopened on August 7th before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is a symbol of genuine local culture. It has many of China's time-honored names. Visitors can enjoy a traditional Chinese way of life. Moreover, it has many international brands, such as H&M, Haagen-Dazs, Sephora, ZARA, Qggle, COSTS CAFÉ, and SK Jewelry. The most famous of China own names are as follows: Quanjude, Yitiaolong, and Douyichu, and Changchuntang.
|Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant|
Douyichu, with history of 250 years, was evolved from a tavern. It is said that the name was granted by Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) of the Qing Dynasty. Now this restaurant mainly offers baked wheat cake, fried dishes and roast dark. Changchuntang is a drugstore which has a history of more than 200 years. It deals in the Chinese traditional and western medicine, and provides patrons, pharmaceuticals via postal delivery services.
Besides, Dangdang Che (trams) is also worthy of being mentioned. They were first introduced to Beijing in 1924, running from Qianmen to Xizhimen. In 1966, they were abandoned. Due to advanced technology, two of them have returned on this street as sightseeing cars. With the same look of the old ones, they start from the opposite ends. Each one can accommodate up to 84 visitors at a time.
It has become one important attraction in our 'One-day Trip in Beijing' tour.
Neighboring Attractions, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Hevean, Forbidden City and Da Shi Lar are worth of visiting while coming to the Qianmen area.
1. Subway Line 2 to Qianmen Station and get out from southwest or southeast exit.
2. 690, 646, 723, 71, 69, 8, BRT Line 1, Zhuan 2, 17, 126, Te 4, 59, 120, 729, Te11, Te7, Zhuan 1, 66, 5, 48, 22, 203, 20, 692, 67, 626, 82, 301, getting off at Qianmen Station
3. 特2, 9, 44, 67, 673, getting off at Qianmen Xi or Dong Station and then walk a few meters.
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