Wangfujing Street, a famous pedestrian street in Beijing

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No Beijing tour is complete without visiting Wangfujing Street (王俯井大街) and its vicinity. “Wangfujing” literally means “prince residence well”.

There used to live 10 princes in these area in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), hence the street name “Wangfu Street”. Later in Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), a sweet water well was dug here, then the street was renamed “Wangfujing”, which has been kept till today.

Wangfujing Street

Wangfujing Street is 1600 meters in length, running from south to north street. Now the part of it has been transformed into a pedestrian street since 1999.

Its south starting point between Oriental Plaza and Beijing Hotel, and ends at National Art Museum of China in the north.

Its 810-meter pedestrian section starts from south and finishes at the crossroad. East of the crossroad is Jinyu Hutong and west Donganmen Street ( where the Donganmen Night Food Market is located ).

Wangfujing Pedestrian Street

The 810-meter walking street is home to several big shopping malls, such Oriental Plaza, Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza, the New China Woman and Children Department etc..

It also has two large bookstores – the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore and the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore.

Northern tip of Wangfujing Pedestrian Street

The 810-meter walking street fuses effortlessly the time-honored traditional stores and modern shopping malls and boutiques.

It boasts some time-horned stores like Tongshenghe shoe shore, Shengxifu hat shop, and Wuyutai tea house etc.

Wangfujing Department Store

Sun Dong An Plaza

To the east of the crossroad at 810 meters from its south of Wangfujing Street is Jinyu Hutong (Golden Fish Alley) which houses the deluxe Peninsula Palace Hotel and Novotel Peace Hotel.

Jinyu Huong

Peninsula Palace Hotel

To the west of the crossroad is Donganmen Street, which accommodates the famous Donganmen Night Snack Street ( or commonly called Wangfujing Night Food Market).

Every night people bustle around to experience the local snack tastes.

Wangfujing Night Food Market

For adventurous diners there are scorpions and other bug kebabs..

Walking further north, you will see the Wangfujing Cathedral, or locally referred as  Dongtang (the East Cathedral).

This small church was first built in 1653 by the Jesuit Father Lodovico Buglio. It was rebuilt in 1904 as a Romanesque cathedral, with strong pilasters with one high and two low vaults showing a grand architectural style. It was opened to the public after the restoration in 1980.

The remaining gate to the Wangfujing Cathedral.

Wangfujing Cathedral

Wangfujing Street is at its best after dark with neon advertising signs shining. The neon lights can now be compared to those of any big city in the world and are very popular with the visitors. If you like to enjoy Beijing Night Tour, Wangfujing Street is not to be missed.
Wangfujig Street is easily accessible through taking Subway Line 1  and getting off at Wangfujing Station. Benches and bars are available, making it easy for you to have a short break if you feel tired.

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
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Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
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Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
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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
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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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2 Responses to “Wangfujing Street, a famous pedestrian street in Beijing”

  1. Tella Marlène says:

    would like to have more informations about shopping centre in Beijing. it there any shopping centre like those in dubai

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Tella Marlène,

    Sorry, I’ve never been to Dubai. Please check Beijing top 10 markets for more information below:

    Recommended to go to Silk Street Market 秀水街市场.

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