Code: BJ-T07

Beijing 1-Day Tour: Niujie Mosque & Liulichang

Tour Route: Niujie Mosque - Fayuan Temple - Taoranting Park - Liulichang Cultural Street

The first destination of this 1-day independent Beijing tour is Niujie Mosque. You can take bus 10, 48, 88, or 717 and alight at Niujie Libaisi Station; walk northwards for a few yards to find the entrance of the mosque behind a long screen.
Niujie Mosque
Niujie Mosque is the largest, oldest and best-preserved Islamic building in Beijing, firstly built during the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125). It has traditional Islamic decorations inside but the exterior follows the architectural style of classical Chinese palaces. The big hall for prayer can hold more than 1,000 people at a time. Make sure you wear proper clothes. Visitors wearing shorts, skirts, vests, and slippers are not allowed to enter the mosque. 

Afterwards, walk southwards along Niujie and turn east onto West Nanheng Street at the first crossing; then keep going forward until you pass a grand Islamic building; walk northwards through the square on its east to find the entrance of Fayuan Temple

Fayuan Temple is the oldest well-remained temple of Beijing, with a history of around 1,500 years. Now it is the location of the China Buddhist Academy and the China Buddhist Books and Cultural Relic Museum. The temple is also a renowned place to admire the lilacs. If you go there in April and May when the lilacs are blooming, light purple flowers will decorate the temple and scent the air, making the temple more like a fairy hideaway in the prosperous block.
The next destination of this backpacking tour itinerary is Taoranting Park. You need to go through the square in front of the temple to reach the West Nanheng Street; walk eastwards for 200 yards to find the bus stop of bus Zhuan 13; take that bus and get off at the North Gate of Taoranting Park (Taoranting Gongyuan Beimen). Various traditional architectures are scattered in the park especially replicas of famous pavilions throughout the country.
Artware sold in Liulichang Cultural Street
You are advised to get out from the eastern gate of the Taoranting Park; go across the Taiping Street to find the Taoranqiao Bei Bus Stop where you can take bus 14 or 66. Get off at Liulichang Station after 4 stops; walk south towards an overpass to find the entrance of the Liulichang Cultural Street at its foot.

Liulichang Cultural Street has been a prosperous cultural block in Beijing since the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) and it is separated by South Xinhua Street into eastern and western segments. It was brimming with workshops and stores of calligraphies, paintings, ink stones, and ink brushes. At present, some time-honored brands, such as Rongbaozhai, Yidege, Cuiwenge, and Ruichengzhai, still stand along the street selling their special products. Some of them even hold exhibitions demonstrating rare items that have been passed down for generations.

After having a better understanding of Chinese art and culture, your 1-day independent Beijing tour ends. You may walk back to South Xinhua Street; either walk southwards to take subway line 7 at Hufangqiao Station to leave or go in the other direction to find Hepingmen Subway Station where you can take subway line 2.

 Recommended Guided Tours:
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person

 Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours: 
    Royal Cultural Sites: to Yonghe Lamasery, Guozijian Street, Temple of Confucius and Imperial Academy, Hutong
    CCTV Tower & 798 Art Zone: to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV Headquarters, 798 Art Zone 
    Olympic Tour: day trip to visit the Olympic sites including Water Cube and Bird's Nest

Questions & Answers
Asked by Dr Gupta from INDIA | May. 12, 2015 01:39Reply
how do I get to grand view garden from Liaoning international hotel in haiden district?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda | May. 12, 2015 19:42

From the hotel, walk to Madianqiao South to take bus no. 5 to Caihuying Bridge, and then walk eastward for about 1000 yards to get there.
Asked by Chaudhary | Dec. 10, 2013 10:44Reply
How far is Niujie mosque from Hilton Double tree Hotel in Financial District, how to get there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Robert | Dec. 10, 2013 18:53

From the hotel, you may walk to Daguanying Station to take bus no. 715 or no. 109 and get off after 2 stops, then walk for 440 meters to get to the Niujie Mosque. If you take taxi, the fare is around CNY15 per cab.
Asked by Nash | Oct. 18, 2011 06:06Reply
Hi..I would like to ask is their any muslim mosque near in Beijing Jun An Hotel? how to go there? and if their is shopping mall near in Temple of heaven or near in Jun An Hotel?

Thank you so much for reply..
Answers (1)
Answered by Hakim | Oct. 18, 2011 07:36

You may go to the Niujie Mosque, which is 6.4 km from your hotel. You can walk to the Fahua Temple station, take Bus 687 or 6 and get off at the Niujie Road west station.
Asked by Ms.Nathalia from INDONESIA | Oct. 17, 2010 06:16Reply
How long does it take to go through the whole Grand View Garden?? one day or half day? thanks
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Answered by Mr.Daniel from CHINA | Oct. 20, 2010 21:18

I think two hours are enough to go through the Grand View Garden, but if you enjoy walking and wandering along the Garden, mayby half day is better.
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