Located at the central axis of Beijing City, Qianmen Street is a famous pedestrian street for shopping and sightseeing, running from the Archery Tower of Qianmen 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 Duyichu, and Changchuntang.
|Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant|
Duyichu, 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
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.
How to get to Qianmen Street
2. Take Subway Line 7 to Zhushikou Station and get off from Exit A or C.
3. Take bus 22, 82, 137, 599, 67, 332 or Sightseeing Line 2 to Qianmen Station.
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Generally, you can hop on and hop off as you want at the day sightseeing bus but it's not available on the night bus.