Code: BJ-BK07

Xinhua Road Biking

Route: South Xinhua Road - Quanjude Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant - Zhengyici Opera Theater - High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University - China Bookstore - Liulichang Street
Quanjude Roast Duck
This trip starts from the Hepingmen Subway Station. Head south to cross the street and ride onto South Xinhua Street. You will see Beijing Quanjude Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant on your left. Quanjude originated in 1864 and the Hepingmen branch was founded in 1974. With an area of 4,000 square meters, it is the largest roast duck restaurant in the world, and can hold over 2,000 diners at a time. The roast duck here is crispy outside but the meat is tender and juicy. The meat is usually rolled in a thin pancake with fresh green onions and cucumbers. Just one bite of the meat roll, and you will find it incredible. You really should have a taste. The toll free reservation number is 400-700-1864. There is also a Quanjude Exhibition Hall beside the restaurant, where you can learn the history and development of this classic Chinese food.

Keep heading south, and the alley on your left is Qianmen Xiheyan Hutong. Turn into the hutong and you will find the 300-year old Zhengyici Opera Theater after 150 meters. It is a typical Chinese old style theater building and can accommodate over 200 patrons at a time. In the daytime, local people will hold their weddings or family banquets here. You can visit it between 10:00 and 17:30. The admission fee is CNY10. In the evening, you can enjoy the famous  Peking Opera or other local operas from 19:30 to 20:45. The tickets for opera performances range from CNY50 to CNY150 for different seats.
Pecking Opera Performance
Get back to South Xinhua Road and continue to ride southward. You will see the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University on your left. Founded in 1901, the school was the first public school in China and also one of the first batch of key high schools in Beijing. For over a hundred years, the school has cultivated a large number of distinguished graduates, who have been and still are contributing to our country. The school has always been closely related to educational development and is an indispensable component of China's educational history.

Keeping riding along the street, and you will find your next destination, China Bookstore, on your left. It is the first nationalized and the biggest bookstore in the country that involved in purchasing, selling, protection, publishing and auctioning old or antique books. For over 50 years, the staff there have collected, protected and restored countless precious old books, paintings, stone inscription rubbings, and seal cuttings. Now it has 15 branch stores in Beijing and people can find all kinds of books here.
Liulichang Street
If you are interested in Chinese culture and artworks, the Liulichang Street is a must-see for you, located to the south of the bookstore. The street on your left is East Liulichang Street and the one on your right is West Liulichang Street. The street got its name in the Yuan Dynasty from a factory producing glazed tiles (liuli, in Chinese) for the imperial city. Later in the Qing Dynasty, the factory moved away and more and more officials and scholars settled here, and followed by stores selling books, bamboo brushes, calligraphy works, paintings, antiques and porcelains. Now this 800-meter-long street attracts tourists from all over the world, not for shopping but, to enjoy the antique and historic atmosphere.
The main trip on South Xinhua Road ends here. But if you have more time, you can wander around on your bike, exploring the old-style courtyards and narrow hutongs and also capturing the local lifestyle.
 More Beijing Cycling Routes:

Olympic Sites Bike Trip: starts from Arrow Tower to Olympic Forest Park
Wangfujing Bike Tour: from Wangfujing Street to Tiananmen Square, Qianmen Street, Beijing Park.
Fuxing Gate to Fragrant Hills: from Fuxingmen Street to Beijing Military Museum, China Millennium Monument, Yuyuantan Park, Botanical Garden, and Fragrant Hills Park.

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