Qianmen Street

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.

Qianmen Street
Qianmen Street Pictures
Map of Qianmen Street
Map of Qianmen Street 

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.

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.

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

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 22, 82, 137, 599, 67, 332 or Sightseeing Line 2 to Qianmen Station.
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 Nearby Attractions:
 China Railway Museum (Zheng Yang Gate Branch)  
Lao She Teahouse
 Qianmen Food Streets

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Dangdang Che(trams)
Dangdang Che (trams)

- Last updated on Nov. 23, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Qianmen Street
Asked by Marisa from SPAIN | Nov. 12, 2023 11:24Reply
Dang dang sightseeing bus
where are the departure points of the dang dang torutstic bus line 1, line 2 and line 3 and is it possible to get on and off as many times as you want?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kelly | Nov. 13, 2023 17:10

The start point of the day sightseeing bus starts from Qianmen while the night sightseeing bus departs from Zhengyangmen Archery Tower.

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.
Asked by Chalerm from THAILAND | Oct. 02, 2023 04:17Reply
How far is qianmen street from qianmen station? Is it in the walking distance?
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Answered by Charles | Oct. 08, 2023 20:01

Get out from Exit I of Qianmen subway station, you will be in the north end of the Qianmen Street.
Asked by Jack from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 19, 2023 14:32Reply
Breakfast at Qianmen
Hi do you know any places to get Chinese breakfast (steamed buns, noodles etc.) in Qianmen/Zhushikou (Beijing) and what time do they open?
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Answered by Pepper | Jul. 19, 2023 23:37

I Recommend Huguosi Xiaochi at Meishi Street of Qianmen. It offers various snacks including steamed buns and other local flavored dishes for breakfast. It opens as early as 06:00 am.
Asked by Jack from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 10, 2023 07:20Reply
Does the Beijing Qianmen Dangdang Che still operate?
How do I buy a ticket and how much is it? And what time does it operate?
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Answered by Irene | Jul. 10, 2023 19:59

Yes, they are operated now. You can buy tickets when getting on the bus and it costs CNY 30 per person, operating between 10:00-21:00 with an interval of about 30 minutes.
Asked by Elizabeth Crossan from IRELAND | Aug. 15, 2019 12:56Reply
Are there shops there selling Ladies Wet/Rain golf wear in Beijing Qianmen Street?
jackets and trousers for wearing in rain
Answers (1)
Answered by Carla from USA | Aug. 18, 2019 19:34

I'm not sure. You can go there to have a look. And you can also go to Tianyi Wholesale Market, which is located at No.29, Fuchengmen Street, Xicheng District.
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