Early Morning Stroll along Chang’an Avenue

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Chang’an Jie (长安街) in Beijing is often regarded as the longest and widest street in the world. Chang’an Jie, known as Chang’an Avenue, literally means “”Eternal Peace Street” named after the ancient capital of Tang Dynasty which was the present city of Xian.

The original construction of Chang’an Avenue started with the building of the Forbidden City in Ming Dynasty during the period of 1406 -1420 with over 600 years of history.

The Chang’an Avenue used to be only 4 km long centered on Tiananmen Square which divided Chang’an Avenue into two sections – East Chang’an Avenue and West Chang’an Avenue.

Now in a very broad sense, the present east-west Changa’an Avenue has been largely widened and extended, adding up to a total length of 45km starting from Beiyuan, Tongzhou District in the east to the eastern gate of Shougang at Shijingshan District in the west.

Chang’an Avenue is a major through route in Beijing running from east to west through the heart of Beijing. But you cannot find the real name of Chang’an Avenue on maps since it is a general name of 10 roads and streets that encompass the Chang’an Avenue including Shijingshan Road, Fuxingmen Outer Street, Fuxingmen Inner Street, West Chang’an Avenue, East Chang’an Avenue, Jianguomen Inner Street, Jianguomen Outer Street, Jianguo Road and Jingtong Expressway. The Subway line 1 runs under the Chang’an Street.

At the time of my writing, small cars, trucks and freight vehicles are forbidden to drive along Chang’an Aavenue day and night. No commercial posters and advertising are allowed posted on the buildings along the street.

Plan your Beijing walking tour? Pick a fine day and have an early morning walk along Chang’an Street to feel the heart beat of Beijing.

Please follow me to have a stroll along the Jianguomen Outer Street starting from Jianguomen Bridge in the west and Guomao Bridge in the west, a 2.2km-long walk.

Jianguomen Bridge links the Jianguomen Inner Street on the west and Jianguomen Outer Street on the east. The second ring road is under Jianguomen Bridge from north to south.

Jianguomen Bridge links the Jianguomen Inner Street on the west and Jianguomen Outer Street on the east

Jianguomen Bridge links the Jianguomen Inner Street on the west and Jianguomen Outer Street on the east

The Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong is located to the southeast of Jiangguomen Bridge. One of the earliest office building in Beijing known as International Plaza.
One of the earliest office building in Beijing, nickamed "Chocolate Building

One of the earliest office building in Beijing, nicknamed “Chocolate Building

The longest public bus in China is moving on Chang’an Avenue, which is 18 meters long and can hold 180 passengers.
The longest public bus in China is moving on Chang'an Avenue, which is 18 meters long and can hold 180 passengers.

The longest public bus in China is moving on Chang’an Avenue, which is 18 meters long and can hold 180 passengers.

A bus stop on Chang’an Avenue
A bus stop on Chang'an Avenue

A bus stop on Chang’an Avenue

Twin Tower
Twin Tower

Twin Tower

More Office Buildings
More Office Buildings

More Office Buildings

Xiushui Street Market Plaza (Silk Market)
Xiushui Street Market Plaza

Xiushui Street Market Plaza

The Subway Line 1 runs under Chang’an Avenue
The Subway Line 1 runs under Chang'an Avenue

The Subway Line 1 runs under Chang’an Avenue

The Buildings for the Headquarters of foreign companies
The Buildings for the Headquarters of foreign companies

The Buildings for the Headquarters of foreign companies

More Buildings for the Headquarters of foreign companies and Hyatt Hotel
More Buildings for the Headquarters of foreign companies and Hyatt Hotel

More Buildings for the Headquarters of foreign companies and Hyatt Hotel

Jianwai SOHO off Chang’an Avenue, 20 high rise towers and four villas
Jianwai SOHO off Chang'an Avenue, 20 high rise towers and four villas

Jianwai SOHO off Chang’an Avenue, 20 high rise towers and four villas

China World Trade Center
China World Trade Center

China World Trade Center

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 Beijing guided tours:

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

Any questions, just drop line.

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