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Qianmen Street Photos

Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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Please your Beijing tour? South of Tiananmen Square and behind Zhengyang Gates is Qianmen Street, a pleasant walking area though some people complain this area is a bit touristy and crowded especially on weekends.

This 845m long street  used to be a shopping and market area in the Ming and Qing dynasty ( 1368 – 1644 )  which has been totally renovated years before and is now a tourist haunting.

On the main street you find some time-honored shops and restaurants.  You may  stroll along the smaller streets off the main street,  the east side in particular.

There are plenty of small popular restaurants and stores.  Here you can shop souvenirs, have a nice Peking Duck lunch, drink good quality tea at the tea shops.  You can  also encounter the Starbucks, KFC and McDonald’s  along the main street.  It’s a very nice place to feel and see the traditional life of local people.

Qianmen Street offers good photography oppotunities. You can  snap some good pictures with Chinese architecture in backdrop as well as Western elements. There are many more Chinese visitors than westerners along Qianmen Street which makes it feel more local and authentic.

Below are some of the photos of Qianmen Street I took during my recent trip.

Zhengyangmen  ( or Zhengyang Gate –  Arrow Tower)  is colloquially called “Qianmen” ( Front  Gate ), after which Qianmen Street is named.  Qianmen Street is on the south of Zhengyangmen which is the south gate of the old inner city wall of Beijing.  The gate is situated to the south of Tiananmen Square.  The North-south Central Axis of Beijing passes through Zhengyangmen and Qianmen Street.

Zhengyang Gate (Arrow Tower)  on the south of Tiananmen Square

Zhengyang Gate (Arrow Tower) on the south of Tiananmen Square

South of Zhengyangmen Gate is the decorated Zhengyangmen Archway,  the natural north entrance to Qianmen Street along the Central Axis of Beijing.

the decorated Zhengyangmen Archway,  the natural north entrance to Qianmen Street

the decorated Zhengyangmen Archway, the natural north entrance to Qianmen Street

Qianmen Street is 845m long.  The picture below was taken at the south entrance of Qianmen Street where I looked at the northern end of the street.

Qianmen Street is 845m long.

Qianmen Street is 845m long.

The old street car or tram is now in service to entertain tourists bringing them back to the old days, running from north to south and vice versa.

The old street car or tram is now in service to entertain tourists

The old street car or tram is now in service to entertain tourists

The street lamps in the shape of old Beijing bird cages reminds you of the old Beijing.

 The street lamps in the shape of old Beijing bird cages reminds you of the old Beijing.

The street lamps in the shape of old Beijing bird cages reminds you of the old Beijing.

The gourd shaped street lights are quite nostalgic of the old Beijing

The street lamps in the shape of gourds decorating Qianmen Street

The street lamps in the shape of gourds decorating Qianmen Street

The street statues reflecting the old Beijing life, a good photo spot.

The street statues reflecting the old Beijing life, a good photo spot.

The street statues reflecting the old Beijing life, a good photo spot.

Flanking the street are restored old buildings,  a reproduction of the old houses and building in the late Qing and the Republic era.

Flank ing the street are restored old buildings,  a reproduction of the old houses and building in the late Qing and the Republic era.

Flanking the street are restored old buildings, a reproduction of the old houses and building in the late Qing and the Republic era.

Qianmen Street is also an interesting area where the East and the West stay peacefully and harmoniously.

 Qianmen Street is also an interesting area where the East amd the West stay peacefuly and harmoniously.


Qianmen Street is also an interesting area where the East amd the West stay peacefully and harmoniously.

Dazhalan, the most commercial area running from the main street of Qianmen from the west.  The overall length of Dashilan is 275m from east to west teemed with various stores  and shops.

Dazhalan, the most commercial area running from the main street of Qianmen from the west.

Dazhalan, the most commercial area running from the main street of Qianmen from the west.

You also find a Starbucks at the north end of Qianmen Street.

You also find a Starbucks at the north end of Qianmen Street.

You also find a Starbucks at the north end of Qianmen Street.

06611Tip:  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 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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Any questions, just drop a line.

Temple of Heaven Pictures

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing Tour? The Temple of Heaven is one of the Top 10 Attractions in Beijing. The Temple of Heaven in Chinese is called “Tian Tan (天坛)” which literally means “the Altar of Heaven” that composes a group of religious buildings. It is located close to the southern end of Beijing central axis starting Yongdingmen to the the Bell and Drum Towers in the north.

The complex was the former sacred place where the emperors in Ming and Qing dynastied held religious ceremonies annually praying for good harvest. From the south to the north, the Temple of Heaven is mainly composed of  the Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.

Most people would visit the Temple of Heaven from its south gate or east gate to its north gate or east gate. The park opens at 6am and closes at 8pm. The main buildings inside the park of Temple of Heaven is open at 8:00am.

It is interesting to visit the Temple of Heaven early in the morning to see local people, most of them are middled aged or older people doing various kinds of light physical activity you can imagine, like singing, dancing, playing instruments, playing chess, practicing kung fu, tai chi…

Check how to visit Temple of Heaven for more information.

Related Temple of Heaven tours:  Beijing Private Tour and Beijing Bus Tour.

Follow me to have a photo tour of the Temple of Heaven.
The Long Corridor 350 meters long and 5 meters wide.
The Long Corridor 350 meters long and 5 meters wide

The Long Corridor 350 meters long and 5 meters wide

Every early morning many locals come to the Temple of Heaven doing kinds of light physical activity such as singing, dancing, playing instruments, playing chess, practicing kung fu, tai chi. Practicing the ancient martial art of sword fighting
Practicing the ancient martial art of sword fighting

Practicing the ancient martial art of sword fighting

 Early morning Qigong practices at the park of the Temple of Heaven. View the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests outside the wall of the building
View the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests outside the wall of the building

View the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests outside the wall of the building

the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

A close look at the plaque inscribed with the three Chinese characters 祈年殿(Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. the Imperial Vault of Heaven
the Imperial Vault of Heaven

the Imperial Vault of Heaven

The Imperial Vault of Heave is circled by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall
The Imperial Vault of HeaveIt is circled by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall

The Imperial Vault of Heave. It is circled by a smooth circular wall, the Echo Wall

the Circular Mound Altar
he Circular Mound Altar

he Circular Mound Altar

The Heavenly Central Stone in the heart of the circular mound.
The Heavenly Central Stone in the heart of the circular mound.

The Heavenly Central Stone in the heart of the circular mound.

Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the north –  The Imperial Vault of Heave complex.
Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the north

Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the north

Standing on the Circular Mound and looking at the south – the south gate of Temple of Heaven. Three terraces of white marble circle the Circular Mound Altar
Three terraces of white marble circle the Circular Mound Altar

Three terraces of white marble circle the Circular Mound Altar

The central axis linking the north and south inside the compound of the Temple of Heaven
The central axis linking the north and south inside the compound of the Temple of Heaven

The central axis linking the north and south inside the compound of the Temple of Heaven

Doing special mental exercise of writing on the ground in water with brush.

06611Tip:  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 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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Forbidden City Pictures – Forbidden City Photo Gallery

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
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The Forbidden City is one of the must see attractions during your Beijing tour. Forbidden City was the imperial palace both for Ming and Qing dynasties. It served as the home of the successive emperors and their households, and the place for th

eir governance as well. Forbidden City is also named “The Palace Musuem” or “The Imperial Palace”.Constructed for 14 years or so from 1406 to 1420, the palace complex was composed of 999 buildings with an area of 720,000 m2.

The palace complex buildings features the traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and have great impact on cultural and architectural developments both in China and the world. The Forbidden City was crowned a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 as the largest cluster of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

For more information on how to visit the Forbidden City, you may check the Forbidden City Travel Tips.

You must enter the Forbidden City from its south entrance (Meridian Gate – Wumen) and out from its northern gate (Gate of Divine – Shenwu Men). You may move on from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City.

The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)
The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)

The South Entrance (Meridian Gate or Wumen in Chinese)

On the right side the south entrance, you buy your entrance tickets at the ticketing offices. In the tourist peak season, the queue can be very long and you have to patiently line up to buy your tickets. In the tourist high season (spring, autumn and national holidays) scalpers are rampant around the entrance. Just ignore them!
you buy your entrance tikets at the ticketing offices

you buy your entrance tickets at the ticketing offices

Entering through the Meridian Gate, you will see a large square that is crossed by five bridges and the Gate of Supreme Harmony in the north area. The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.
The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.

The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the ceremonial centre of imperial power.

Approaching the Gate of Supreme Harmony, look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate – Meridian Gate)
Look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate - Meridian Gate)

Look back at the inside part of the south entrance gate – Meridian Gate)

A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony
A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony

A close look at the Gate of Supreme Harmony

Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Hall of Supreme Harmony
Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Palace of Supreme Harmony

Going through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will see the Palace of Supreme Harmony

The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings
The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings

The southern ramp in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony has bas-relief carvings

The Sundial is made of marble stone
The Sundial is made of marble stone

The Sundial is made of marble stone

A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony
A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of Supreme Harmony

A huge mythical animal perched on the platform in front of Supreme Harmony

The eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals
the eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals

the eave corners are decorated with 10 kinds of animals

After the Hall of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where both the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony are located.

The Hall of Central Peace is a smaller and square hall that was used by the Emperors to prepare and rest before and during ceremonies.

After the Palace of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.

After the Palace of Supreme Harmony, you enter the courtyard where the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.

Behind the Hall of Central Harmony is the Hall of Preserving Harmony, which was used for rehearsing ceremonies, and it also used be the site of the final stage of the Imperial examination.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp – the largest stone carvin, the large bas-relief carvings in Forbiddenn City.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp - the largest stone carving.

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony is the ramp – the largest stone carving.

Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court
Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court

Now you enter the inner court and see the Palace of Heavenly Court

The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.
The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.

The Imperial Garden in the north tip of the Forbidden City.

The north gate – Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )
The north gate - Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )

The north gate – Gate of Divine ( Shenwu Men in Chinese )

The Jingshan Patk to the north of the Fobidden City.
The Jingshan Patk to the north of the Fobidden City.

The Jingshan Park to the north of the Forbidden City.

A bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.
A bird's-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.

A bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City from the top of the Jingshan Park.

06611Tip:  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 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

Any questions, just drop a line.