BJ-BK07: Beijing Xinhua Road Biking

Route: Hepingmen Subway Station - South Xinhua Road - Quanjude Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant - Zhengyici Opera Theater - High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University - China Bookstore - Liulichang Cultural Street – Qianmen Street
Distance: around 2 kilometers (1.2 miles)  
  Stop 1: Quanjude Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant
This biking trip starts from the Hepingmen Subway Station on line 2. There, it is very easy to rent a sharing bike. After, ride southward along South Xinhua Street for about 60 meters (66 yards), you will see Beijing Quanjude Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant on your left. 

This 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 inside is tender and juicy. There is also a Quanjude Exhibition Hall beside the restaurant, where you can learn the history and development of this classic Chinese food.
  Stop 2: Zhengyici Opera Theater
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 biking for about 150 meters (165 yards). It is a typical Chinese old style theater. 
Peking Opera Performance
Liulichang Cultural Street
  Stop 3: High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University
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.
  Stop 4: Liulichang Cultural Street
Keeping riding south along the South Xinhua Road to find your next destination, Liulichang Cultural Street. If you are interested in Chinese culture and artworks, the Liulichang Street is a must-see. 

It is divided into East Liulichang Street on your left and West Liulichang Street on your right, full of 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.

On West Liulichang Street, sits China Bookstore. It is the biggest bookstore in China 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.
  Stop 5: Qianmen Street
After visiting East Liulichang Street, you may ride eastward along Taner Hutong, Qudeng Hutong and then Langfang Ertiao Hutong to reach Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street is on the north-south central axis of Beijing, lined with many old branded food stores, tea shops and silk stores, etc. 

At the end of the day, you may bike to the northern end of Qianmen Street, return the bike and take subway line 2 to leave. If you still have time, you may continue visiting the Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City to the north of the Qianmen Street. 

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