Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street
Qianmen Street

Located at the central axis of Beijing City, Qianmen Street is a famous pedestrian street, running from Jianlou (the Archery Tower) of Zhengyangmen in the north to the turning of Tiantan Park in the south. It is 840 meters (about 919 yards) in length and 21 meters (about 23 yards) in width. It is composed with buildings whose styles resemble the late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).

Qianmen Street 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. Now Qianmen Street becomes an important night life place for locals.

Time-honored Local Brands in Qianmen Street

After more than one year's renovation, it was reopened on August 7th before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Qianmen Street 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.

Beijing Quanjude Roast Duch
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Various foods in Beijing Qianmen Street attracts lots of visitors. With roast duck taking the leading role, Quanjude has formed its regional cuisine with the feast of whole duck and more than 400 special dishes. It is enjoyed by people all over the world. Yitiaolong restaurant (original name was Yitiaolong mutton restaurant) is an authentic Muslim restaurant. It was first open to the public in 1785. The representative dishes are Golden Fried Prawns, Braised Ox Tail in Brown Sauce, fried crisp chicken, and so on.

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.

Sightseeing Trolley on Qianmen Street

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.

Qianmen Street 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.
Dangdang Che(trams)
Dangdang Che(trams)

How to get to Qianmen Street

1. Take Subway Line 2 to Qianmen Station and get out from Exit B or C.
2. Take Subway Line 7 to Zhushikou Station and get off from Exit A or C.
3. Take bus 5, 8, 17, 20, 22, 48, 59, 66, 67, 82, 93, 120, 599, 622, Sightseeing Bus 1, Sightseeing Bus 2, Tourist Bus 1, Tourist Bus 2, Brt 1, Te 4, Te 7, or Te 11, to Qianmen Station.
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Nearby Attractions:
 China Railway Museum (Zheng Yang Gate Branch)

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