Code: BJ-WK03

Walking Through Modern Architecture in Beijing

Route: Wangfujing Street - St. Joseph’s Church (East Church) - Jinyu Hutong - Jinbao Street - Jianguomen North Street - Jianguomen Outer Street - Silk Market - CBD
Feature: Following this Beijing walking tour itinerary, independent travelers will go through prosperous downtown shopping blocks and busy business districts. Clustered shopping malls and skyscrapers showcase the city's great skyline.
Walking Distance: 4 miles (6 kilometers)
Time: 4 hours
Stop 1: Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing Commercial Street is the most popular shopping destination in the city center of Beijing. Here, plenty of fancy stores and malls are lined up along the road to meet your various shopping demands.

How to Get There:

You are recommended to start this independent Beijing walking tour from Wangfujing subway station, which is on the East Chang'an Avenue and about 1 kilometer east of the Tiananmen Square.

You can take subway line 1 to Wangfujing Station; use Exit B1 or C2 and walk northwards to get to the south end of the street. 
Stop 2: St. Joseph’s Church (East Church)
Wandering northwards for about 1,000 meters (1,100 yards) along the Wangfujing Street while doing some shopping, you will see the St. Joseph’s Church, also known as East Church or Wangfujing Catholic Church, standing at the eastern side of the street. 

Although in the midst of the bustling commercial center, this holy site is still a peaceful and solemn destination for people to perform religious rituals. You will definitely take good shots on the square in front of the church.
Stop 3: Jinyu Hutong
After that, please stroll backwards for one block to find the western entrance of the Jinyu Hutong on your left. It is wider than most hutongs in the city, lined up with traditional workshops, restaurants, quaint courtyards and modern malls.
Jinyu Hutong
Silk Market
Stop 4: Silk Market
Once you reach the eastern end of Jinyu Hutong, continue walking eastwards along the Jinbao Street for about 1,000 meters (1,100 yards). Turn south onto Jianguomen North Street at the end of the Jinbao Street. Then, keep heading forward for 800 meters (880 yards) to the Jianguomen Outer Street. Go east along the street for around 15 minutes and you will reach the next site of this independent Beijing walking tour, Silk Market.

In most overseas visitors' eyes, the Silk Street is a 'shopping paradise'. If you intend to purchase some Chinese-style souvenirs at a reasonable price, you must not miss this place. Distinctive silk products such as clothes, handkerchief, and scarf, as well as abundant exquisite gadgets can all be bought there. Most products there are of superior quality but lower price than those in the high end malls. Besides selecting favorite souvenirs, bargaining with sellers is also an impressive and enjoyable thing. Some travelers good at bargaining can cut down the price with a discount of 10%-30%. 
Stop 5: Central Business District of Beijing
Silk Market
Getting out from the Silk Street Mall, we suggest you extend your independent walking to the east along the Jianguomen Outer Street. 

Stretching from east of the Silk Street to the East 4th Ring Road, the area is clustered with towering office buildings. Headquarters of many Fortune Global 500 enterprises, high-end tech corporations, and newly-rising companies set their bases there, forming the Central Business District of Beijing City.

If you start this hiking after lunch at around 14:00, you'll probably arrive at the CBD at dusk. Remember not to miss the dazzling night scenes of the CBD. When the darkness falls, skyscrapers and wide streets will be lightened. Standing on an overpass viewing shuttling headlights and crowds should be the best way to feel the modern charm of this metropolis.

How to Leave:

Along Jianguomen Outer Street, there are Yonganli station of subway line 1 and Guomao station of subway line 1 and line 8, which are convenient for you to leave; or you can directly take a taxi back to your hotel to end this independent Beijing walking tour.
 Other Beijing Walking Tours:

Central Axis Hiking: A classic south-north route from Qianmen Street to Bell and Drum Towers.
See Old Beijing by Walk: Feel traditional Chinese culture by a walk from Qianmen to Liulichang.
Walking among Scenic Gardens: Follow the scenic hiking trail from Yuyuantan Park to Summer Palace.

Questions & Answers
Asked by Sophia from CHINA | Nov. 24, 2019 20:04Reply
Hi, do you have a guide to recommend for this CBD walking tour?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Nov. 24, 2019 21:46

Sorry, this tour is just for reference, we do not arrange it for our clients. Thanks for your attention.
Asked by Zim from CHINA | Sep. 29, 2016 11:39Reply
How do I get from Tianjin to Wangfujing St. and back to Tianjin from CBD?
Any other places I could visit besides these?
Answers (1)
Answered by Juan | Sep. 29, 2016 20:46

You can take high speed train from Tianjin to Beijing first, then take subway line 4 from south railway station to Xidan Station and change to line 1 to Wangfujing. Afterwards, you can use the same way back to Tianjin. Besides, you are also recommended to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutong or Great Wall if you have enough time.
Asked by Frances | Dec. 13, 2012 23:12Reply
How long does the train ride from beijing to jiaozuo take? Do they sell out fast?
Answers (1)
Answered by Donna | Dec. 16, 2012 06:52

The overnight train journey from Beijing to Jiaozuo takes about 8 hours. There are only three trains available and the tickets will be in great demand during the holidays.
Asked by Mr.Lee | Apr. 11, 2011 22:42Reply
I will arrive Tianjin (TSN) airport on July 14 using Air Asia. We are 4 peoples travelling in group and stay in King Wing Hot Spring Hotel, Choayang District, Beijing.

Could advise me what is the best transportation option & cost to reach this hotel.

Thanks :)
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Shan | Apr. 12, 2011 04:55

Hi, when you arrive at the airport, you could take a taxi to Tianjian Railway Station (abour 50yuan & 30 minutes). Then, take a bullet train to arrive at Beijing South Railway Station (56yuab & 30 minutes). Finally, hire a taxi to the hotel quickly (about 40yuan). Because you have four people, the average price is reasonable~

Tips, please note the trains' timetable to make sure that you could catch one!
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