Huguosi Street – Good Place for Beijing Locavore Travel

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Huguosi Jie (护国寺街) is an 800-year old commercial street in Beijing, which was originally incubated and formed in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The name of the street “Huguosi” is named after the same name temple – Huguo Temple (“si” literally “temple”).

Huguo Temple was once billed as “The West Temple” in the past against “The East Temple” – Longfu Temple in the east of Beijing. Today Jingang Hall, the only remnant part of Huguo Temple still exists and you can find it just north of Huguosi Hotel and Huguo Xintiandi Mansion on Guguosi Street.

The 600-meter Guguosi Jie is a street full of life – street-front stores, butcher’s, groceries, eateries, snack restaurants, hotels, theatre, and old hutong courtyards, a lively authentic daily common life in Beijing. The two most prominent trump cards are Huguosi Snack Flagship Restaurant and Mei Lanfang Former Residence.

A bit tired of your obligatory visit to the so-called must-see sights on the Beijing buck list? Huguosi Street is an interesting option for your Beijing  locavore travel to experience the authentic Beijing urban life – eating off the streets, walking the narrow alleys, and having more engagement with the local grass-rooted street life.

How to get there:
It starts from Xinjiekou Dajie in the west and ends at Deshengmen Neidajie in the east. Huguosi Street is easily accessible through subway line 4. You just take subway line 4 and get off at Pinganli Station (平安里) and exit from EXIT B.

Walking a few meters from the Exit B of Pinganli Subway Station,  you will see a massive hotel building with the huge traditional Chinese characters” 護國寺街” (Huguosi Street ) , the west tip of Huguosi Street.  You can walk from the west starting point here to Mei Lanfang Former Residence, the east tip of the 600-meter street.

The west tip of Huguosi Street

The west tip of Huguosi Street

 

Walking to the east and you will see People’s Theatre on your right hand.

 People's Theatre

People’s Theatre

 

The 600-meter stone paved street is flanked densely by food vendors, shops, groceries and more street-front options. It is very much crowded for most of the day.

The 600-meter stone paved street is very busy.

The 600-meter stone paved street is very busy.

 

Hoguosi Hotel is a Beijing local culture themed hotel with exterior and interior decoration featuring Beijing’s traditonal folk and customs. It has 120 room of various sizes, with street-front rooms bigger than the backstreet-view rooms.

Hoguosi Hotel

Hoguosi Hotel

 

The cozy lobby of Huguosi Hotel with rich traditional Beijing cultural atmosphere and elements.

The cozy lobby of Huguosi Hotel

The cozy lobby of Huguosi Hotel

 

The spacious standard twin-bed room with street-view in Huguosi Hotel. The interior decor is peppered with strong Beijing traditional elements.

The twin-bed room with street-view in Huguosi Hotel

The twin-bed room with street-view in Huguosi Hotel

The two-story Huguosi Snack Flagship Restaurant is a time-honored eatery, a chain restaurant well known for its famous Beijing local traditional Xiaochi – the small eats ( snacks), which are all halal food.

Huguosi Snack Flagship Restaurant is located at No.93, Huguosi Street,  about 50 meters to the east of Huguosi Hotel. The restaurant starts at 5:30am and closes at 9:00pm. people like to come here all day long,  however, the busiest hour is at breakfast.

Huguosi Snack Flagship Restaurant

Huguosi Snack Flagship Restaurant

 

The restaurant has a big board menu above the counter where you order your food but it is only in Chinese. People line up and wait in turn to order their snacks.

It’s always been very crowded due to its fame as the No.01 snack restaurant in Beijing. Huguosi Street is billed as the most famous snack street in Beijing, synonymous with traditional Beijing snacks and breakfast.

People line up and wait in turn to order their snacks

People line up and wait in turn to order their snacks

 

Just name some the most famous snacks here. Lvdaguan is made of glutinous millet flour and soybean flour. Nian Gao (glutinous rice cake), Dou Bao (steamed buns with smashed red bean stuffing), Xi Zi Bing (a cake with the Chinese character for ‘happiness’ on it) and Mian Yu’er (cake shaped like a fish) are some of the most popular foods at the store during big holiday shopping.

Ai Wo Wo, a white glutinous rice cake with a variety of stuffing, Wan Dou Huang, a smooth tasting yellow pea cake, and Jiao Quan, deep-fried crispy flour ring and many more.

The restaurant is packed with eaters.

The restaurant is packed with eaters.

 

The most representative snacks – Lvdaguan (glutinous millet flour and soybean flour);  Nian Gao (glutinous rice cake); Ai Wo Wo (a white glutinous rice cake with a variety of stuffing) ans Wan Dou Huang, a smooth tasting yellow pea cake.

The most representitive snacks

The most representative snacks

 

The Jingang Hall is the only remaining part of Huguo Temple after which the street gets its name. It was one of the most famous temples in Beijing, originally completed in 1284. The hall is located north of Huguosi Hotel and Huguo Xintiandi.

The Jingang Hall

The Jingang Hall

 

Opposite Huguosi Snack Restaurant is Old Beijing Noodle restaurant. Have a bowl of Zhajiang Noodle, a typical Beijing noodle made with handpulled wheat noodles served with shredded cucumber and bean sprouts, bright radish, and soybeans. You mix the noodle with chopped vegetables and stir them in the oily brown bean sauce.

Old Beijing Noodle Restautant

Old Beijing Noodle restaurant

A Roast Meat Restaurant. If you are a meat lover, the roast meat restaurant is a good option to feed your stomach.

A Roast Meat Restaurant

A Roast Meat Restaurant

 

Yeji Pie Shop, a local home-made pie shop. The Pie Shop offers a wide variety of savory pies – plain, sweet, salty and some with fillings.

Yeji Pie Shop

Yeji Pie Shop

 

San  Pin Xin Flour Shop, selling flour, hand-made noodles and pies.

San Pin Xin Flour Shop

San Pin Xin Flour Shop

Huguosi Food Grocery Store, providing foodstuffs including rolls, pies and more food options.

Huguosi Food Grocery Store

Huguosi Food Grocery Store

 

A butcher’s shop.

a bucher's shop

A butcher’s shop

 

Walking from the west Huguosi Street to the east.

Walking from the west Huguosi Street to the east.

Walking from the west Huguosi Street to the east.

 

An Internet Bar

An Internet Bar

An Internet Bar

A Housekeeping Company

A Housekeeping Company

A Housekeeping Company

At the eastern tip of Huguosi Street is the former residence of Mei Lanfang. Mei Lanfang(1894 – 1961) was the best known Beijing Opera master ever. A famous singer, actor and dancer of Beijing Opera female role Qing Yi and a key figure in the Chinese theater.

Former residence of Mei Lanfang

Former residence of Mei Lanfang

He was known to have travelled the world, strengthened friendships with the western counterparts of his time, including Charlie Chaplin. During his trip to Hollywood, he was warmly welcomed by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

Come to Huguosi Street when it sparks. All the street and the street-front outlets are brightly lit with beautiful neon lights.

Come to Huguosi Street when it sparks

Come to Huguosi Street when it sparks

Huguo Xintiandi, a comprehensive building comprising a hotel, a theatre and a number of street-front outlets.

Huguo Xintiandi

Huguo Xintiandi

 

A shop selling  braised pork and beef with soy sauce and time-honored soup.

A shop selling braised pork an beef

A shop selling braised pork and beef

 

A vegetable and fruit grocery

A vegetable and fruit grocery

A vegetable and fruit grocery

A  Muslin Restaurant

A Muslin Restaurant

A Muslin Restaurant

A Meat Pie Restaurant brightly lit.

A Meat Pie Restaurant brightly lit.

A Meat Pie Restaurant brightly lit.

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