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Qianmen Street Photos

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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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 opptunities. 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 Beijijng.

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.

Flank ing 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.

Flank ing 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 amd the West stay peacefuly 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 peacefuly 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 teemd with varrous 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.

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Beijing CBD Area at Night

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing CBD area refers to Beijing Central Business Center, a cluster of domestic  and international firms and the center of trade, finance, creativity industry and media in Beijing.  It is also a primary area of  modern buildings and starchitectures.  Beijing CBD is located on the east of Beijing between the 3rd Ring Road and the 4th Ring Road. Personally, I think China World Hotel is the center of Beijing CBD.

You can easily get to  the core of Beijing CBD by taking Subway No.01 or No.10 and get off at the station of Guomao (国贸) and using either Exit A or B, where you are just next to China World Hotel and Guomao Bridge.

Beijing CBD is a showcase for Beijing’s modernity and alluminated night. It is a photogenic spot, especially for a night view of Beijing. It is one of the Top 10 evening  sites in Beijing, a good choice of Beijing night tour.

A few days ago, I took a stroll around Beijing CBD area and snapped some pictures of the cluster of hotels and office buildings  at night.

China World Hotel and China World Trade Center Tower 3

China World Hotel and China World Trade Center Office Building 2 Block

China World Hotel and China World Trade Center Office Building 3

The streetfront garden was decorated with various forms of lights in front of China World Hotel.

The streetfront garden was decorated with various forms of lights in front of China World Hotel.

The streetfront garden was decorated with various forms of lights in front of China World Hotel.

Jianwai SOHO opposite China World Hotel

Jianwai SOHO

Jianwai SOHO

Office Buildings by Gaomao Bridge

Office Buildings by Gaomao Bridge

Office Buildings by Gaomao Bridge

The Tower 3 of China World Trade Center

The Block 2 of China World Trade Center

The Block 3 of China World Trade Center

Illuminated Beijing Kerry Center Hotel

Illuminated Beijing Kerry Center Hotel

Illuminated Beijing Kerry Center Hotel

In the compound  of China World Trade Center

In the compound  of China World Trade Center

In the compound of China World Trade Center

A brightly lit kids’ paradise in the center

A brightly lit kids' paradise in the center

A brightly lit kids’ paradise in the center

The illuminated CCTV Headoffice

The illuminated CCTV Headoffice

The illuminated CCTV Headoffice

 

The World City of Zhongjun

The World City of Zhongjun

The World City of Zhongjun

The Place that has a huge led TV rooftop screen

The Place

The Place

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A Night Place Worth Visiting in Beijing

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
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Plan your Beijing night tour? There are some interesting night places worth your visiting in Beijing either for shopping or night view photography.  Last time I wrote a blog post tiltled ” Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at Night“, which may be of some help for you to find a favorite night hangout.

Among the top 10 night places, The Place ( 世贸天阶 in Chinese ) has been one of my favorite ones to spend for about 10 minutes. Why only 10 minutes? Well, I’m not passionate about its luxury shopping and upscale gourmet experience. Instead, its huge rooptop TV screen could always catch my heart for a while, and I do enjoy  high technique, lighting and the space art accompanied by music.   The Place is said designed by Jeremy Railton,who is also the designer for the world largest electric screen in Las Vegas in the States.

The sky TV screen is 250m long and 30m wide, the second largest after the one in Las Vegas in the States. But in terms of technique, Beijing’s The Place has the No.1 led screen in the world, much advanced than its competitor in Las Vegas.  The Place’s huge led screen is nicknamed “All Beijing look up” simply because visitors have to look up at the magic screen showing different themes of videos.

The Place is open 365 days every year.  Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00.  Below is the opening time for the huge TV screen:

Winter Time: 17:00 – 22:00 ( every half hour ); Summer Time: 19:30 – 23:00 (every half hour )

How to get there

1. Subway Line 1 :  Take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Yonganli (永安里), exit from the exit B, then walk for about 10 minutes, you will get to The Place.

2. Subway Line 10: Take subway 10 and get off at the station of Jintaixizhao (金台夕照) and exit from Exit A and walk to the west for about 10 minutes, you will reach The Place.

A few days ago I went there and shot some pictures  of the Place  and its huge rooftop screen.

The east-west huge screen is flanked by  two luxury buildings and people walk around and look up under the rooftop screen.

The east-west huge screen is flanked by  two luxury buildings

The east-west huge screen is flanked by two luxury buildings

Just walking under its west end of the TV screen

The Sky TV

The Sky TV

The huge rooftop screen, the size of a football playground, now a fun night place for visitors.

The huge rooftop screen, the size of a football playground, now a fun night place for visitors

The huge rooftop screen, the size of a football playground, now a fun night place for visitors

People just stand in awe gaping up a 100 feet overhead at the football size screen.

People just stand in awe gaping up a 100 feet above at the football size screen

People just stand in awe gaping up a 100 feet above at the football size screen

Just watching the local  Chinese visitors enjoy themselves under the massive space is a fun to feel.

Just watching the local  Chinese visitors enjoy themselves under the massive space is a fun to feel.

Just watching the local Chinese visitors enjoy themselves under the massive space is a fun to feel.

You may also  consider a different evening out,  having coffee or dinner by the window in the restaurants,  listening to the Jazz music, and look at the show above you.

At the east end of the screen, you will see a large flower basket  decorated with horse toys and illuminated red lanterns.

a large flower basket  decorated with horse toys and illuminated red lanterns.

a large flower basket decorated with horse toys and illuminated red lanterns.

Any questions, just drop a line.