Night View of Qianmen Street in Beijing

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Beijing has two famous pedestrian streets – Wangfujing Street and Qianmen Street. They are both commercial streets lined with plenty of stores and restaurants. Wangfujing Street has more department stores while Qianmen Street more international brand special shops and boutiques

Both Wangfujing and Qianmen are a great place for people watch, experiencing Chinese culture and atmosphere. Strolling along the streets in the evening is a pleasant familiarization and sightseeing walk, getting closer to the local people and culture and having your eyes satisfied with the multi-colored streets.

Now follow me to have a night view of Qianmen Street. The 800-meter street is located along the north-south axis, just on the south of Tiananmen Square.

Walk south through the massive Arrow Tower on the south of Tiananmen Square. Below is the picture of the Arrow Tower’s east side.

the massive Arrow Tower

the massive Arrow Tower

The Arrow Tower stands between Tiananmen Square and Qianmen Street. I snap a photo of the Arrow Tower on its south side.

 I snap a photo of the Arrow Tower on its south side.

I snap a photo of the Arrow Tower on its south side.

The northern end of Qianmen Street with a decorated archway

The northern end of Qianmen Street with a decorated archway

The northern end of Qianmen Street with a decorated archway

Behind the massive tower “Arrow Tower”, I continue to walk south through the Pailou (decorated archway) and turn back , facing the north with a beautiful view of Arrow Tower and the Decorated Archway (Pailou).

Arrow Tower and the Decorated Archway

Arrow Tower and the Decorated Archway

 

Walking along Qianmen Street lined with numerous boutiques . Walking in the middle of Qianmen Street.

The traditional building of Starbuck Coffee

The traditional building of Starbuck Coffee

The time-honored photo studio known as Dabei Photo Studio.

Dabei Photo Studio.

Dabei Photo Studio.

 

 

A cluster of Chinese time-honored stores

A cluster of Chinese time-honored stores

A cluster of Chinese time-honored stores

 

A pleasant stroll along the axis of Qianmen Street

A pleasant stroll along the axis of Qianmen Street

A pleasant stroll along the axis of Qianmen Street

Qianmen Quanjude Beijing Duck Restaurant

Qianmen Quanjude Beijing Duck Restaurant

Qianmen Quanjude Beijing Duck Restaurant

 

Dashilan is a famous commercial alley the branches off Qianmen Street. The Dashilan area has gathered some of China’s oldest brands, such as Tongrentang (TCM), Neiliansheng (shoes), and Ruifuxiang (silk and fabrics).

Dashilan is a famous commercial alley the branches off Qianmen Street

Dashilan is a famous commercial alley the branches off Qianmen Street

Dashilan is a famous commercial alley the branches off Qianmen Street

European-style buildings can be found on Qianmen Street.

European-style buildings

European-style buildings

The alley across Dashilan is known as Beijing Old Brand Food Restaurants

The alley across Dashilan is known as Beijing Old Brand Food Restaurants

The alley across Dashilan is known as Beijing Old Brand Food Restaurants

Walk into the time-honored restaurant street

Walk into the time-honored restaurant street

Walk into the time-honored restaurant street

Back to  the main Qianmen Street,  continue to stroll along Qianmen Street

continue to stroll along Qianmen Street

continue to stroll along Qianmen Street

KFC

KFC

KFC

 

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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