BJ-HT03: One-Day Qianmen Exploration in Beijing with Surrounding Hutongs and Landmarks
This is a guided tour by eco-friendly public transport. If you need a private car, feel free to contact our travel consultants to arrange it for you.
The theater is in a unique and grand oval shape. Surrounding it is a large man-made lake. Looking from afar, it is like a giant ball floating on a lake, very eye-catching. The guide will lead you in via an underground passage and to tour around inside the different halls for operas, dramas, concerts and more.
Lunch RecommendationsIt is recommended to have lunch in one of the restaurants along Qianmen Street. Tell the guide your preference and he or she will be glad to give you some suggestions.
Beijingfang (Beijing Fun)It is not a single hutong alley, but a group of crisscross hutongs and three open-air squares. Architectures here are not only in traditional Chinese style like in other Hutongs, but also in the style of the Republic of China in early 20th century and Europe style. Many stores here are artsy new brands and you can find many fashionable and unique articles here. It is especially popular among youngsters. It is right to the southwest of the Qianmen Archery Tower.
The first popular one on your right side would be the Rui Fu Xiang Silk Store located at No. 5 of Dashilar Street. Since the very beginning of 1893, they have provided beautifully designed and superiorly woven silk. Many people have their tailor-made clothes here and the cheongsams are women's favorites.
Opposite to Rui Fu Xiang Silk Store, you will see another old-brand shop, the Bu Ying Zhai Shoe Store. In the past 150 years, they have produced high-quality handmade cloth shoes and enjoyed high reputation all over the country. Now they have expanded their business and you can find almost every kind of shoes here, all comfortable and classic.
Keep walking forward for about 80 meters (90 yards), you will get to the famous Tong Ren Tang Medicine Store. It is a reputed traditional Chinese medicine store which had served eight Chinese emperors in ancient time.
A few minutes forward is Da Guan Lou Cinema. The predecessor of the cinema was Da Heng Xuan Tea House, where people could enjoy fragrant tea and fantastic Peking Opera. In 1907 it turned into the first cinema in Beijing, and at that time watching movie was a trendy activity for people of all ages. Continuing its resplendence, now it is still a nice place to enjoy a leisure time.
Xianyukou HutongThe entrance to Xianyukou hutong is right opposite to that of Dashilar across the Qianmen Street. It initially was a fish market, so you will find many fish patterns along this alley, on the ground, manhole covers and lanterns, etc. Nowadays, it is a food street gathering many old brands restaurants like Bianyifang famous for roast duck, Tianxingju for fried pork liver, Jinfang for Beijing desserts, and Jingaozhang for hawthorn products.
- Private English-speaking guide
- Public transport
- Entrance fee to tourist sites
- Accommodation & meals
- Personal expenses
- Tickets for performances
- Gratuities for guide
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