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Beijing Huguosi Street

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
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Plan your Beijing Tour? On their first trip to Beijing, many foreign visitors are a little disappointed when they are surrounded by modern and trendy buildings mushrooming in and around Beijing. People expect to see something more Chinese and traditional, typical of Beijing.

Then come to visit the ancient streets in Beijing. These ancient streets are full of stories, full of history and full of culture.

Today I’m going to recommend a self-guided tour of Huguosi Street. Huguosi Street is a 600m-long ancient commercial street named after the former Huguosi Temple in Xicheng District.

It starts from Xinjiekou Dajie in the west and ends at Deshengmen Neidajie in the east. Huguosi Street has a history of over 800 years when it was first formed in Yuan Dynasty.

It is now one of the most famous commercial streets in Beijing. Huguosi Street was very busy and clustered with numerous shops and restaurants. It would be very crowded and busy in spring festival when the temple fair starts. Today Huguosi Street still keeps its original culture and layout with many street-front stores and restaurants.

Along the 600m street, you find a rich choice of snacks, local flavors, antiques, boutiques and street front stores. The well known Huguosi Hotel is also along the Huguosi Street. People’s Theatre was revamped and availabe to the domestic and foreign visitors.

How to get there:
Huguosi Street is easily accessible through subway line 4. You just take subway line 4 and get off at Pinganli (平安里)and exit from EXIT B. 

Exit from EXIT B at Pinganli (Subway 1 )

When you get off at Pinganli Station of Subway 4, you will see a huge signboard posted on the street of the wall leading to the ancient street. For the most time in a year, Huguosi Street is thronged with visitors. They come here to explore the histry and culture hidden behind its traditional street.

Huguosi Street is lined with shops and restaurants to the convenince of the local people and an interesting eye-opener. 

Huguosi Street is lined with shops

Walking along Huguosi Street to feel the stores and histoy woven into a fabric of a touching female world. 

Walking along Huguosi Street

One the big reasons for coming here is enjoy local snacks! Huguosi Xiaochi ( a snack restaurant) is the most famous Beijing snack restaurant in Beijing.

Huguosi Xiaochi ( a snack restaurant).

Huguo Temple is still on the maps, but in reality, it doesn’t exist. We do find a only left over a small part of the Huguo Temple complex – Jingang Hall Huguo Temple.

Jingang Hall Huguo Temple

The buildings along the both sides of Huguosi Street are constructed in a traditional Chinese style.

Huguosi Street is constructed in a traditional Chinese style.

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:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams 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 Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to visit Dong Jiao Min Xiang

Thursday, June 10th, 2021
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Plan your Beijing tour? If you like a walking tour, Dong Jiao Min Xiang is a historic site worth your short stroll and glimpse of the European-style buildings by the late 19th century and early 20th century foreign powers.

Dong Jiao Minj Xiang ( or Dong Jiao Min Alley ) literally means “East Foreign Residents Alley”, which is the longest alley ( hutong ) in Beijing with a total length of 1550 meters. In the English travel guidebooks, Dong Jiao Min Xiang is popularly known as Former Legation Quarter. It was once home to the former 11 foreign embassies including UK, France, Germany, Japan, the US, Russia, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium and Dutch.

The trees-lined alley is surrounded by elegant historic buildings quite different from the rest of Beijing traditional buildings, an inseparable part of Beijing’s history.

So how to visit How to visit Dongjiaominxiang (the Former Legation Quarter). The historic alley is open all year round without any entrance fee. Dong Jiao Min Xiang is an east-west hutong with its west end ( west entrance ) connected to Beijing Tiananmen Square and its east end ( east entrance ) close to the Exit A of the subway station of Chongwenmen ( subway line 2).

A walk along Dong Jiao Min Alley is often done either before or after your visit to Tiananmen Square. So if you prefer to visit Dong Jiao Min Xiang before your tour of Tiananmen Square, you may take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Chongwenmen and exit from Exit A.

The east entrance to Dong Jiao Min Xiang (东交民巷)is just next to the north of Exit A. If you’d like to visit Dong Jiao Min Xiang after Tiananmen Square, you walk to the east side of the square, try to find the way to the alley of Dong Jiao Min Xiang.

Well, follow me into the west entrance to Dong Jiao Min Xiang from Tiananmen Square.

The west entrance is on the east edge of the square across the road opposite to the east side of Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao (Mausoleum of Mao Zedong) in the south of Tiannamen Square.

Walking up the steps leading to the west entrance to Dong Jiao Min Xiang ( Former Legation Quarter ). As some of the former foreign legation buildings have been transferred into government offices, taking pictures is not allowed. Other buildings have been turned into restaurants and hotels.

Walking up the steps leading to the east entrance to Dong Jiao Min Xiang
Walking up the steps leading to the west entrance to Dong Jiao Min Xiang

Once entering the west entrance, on your right side is the part of the former the US embassy which is now used as the office building for Tiananmen Square Administration Committee.

Part of the former the US embassy
Part of the former the US embassy

On your left side across the former US embassy is the former Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China. Built in 1919, it is the British royal chartered bank in China during the Republican Period specializing in the oriental business.

former Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China
Former Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China

Dongjiaominxiang is a quite and arched tree alley, a timeline bringing you back to the former legation quarter period.

Dong Jiao Min Xiang is a quite and arched tree alley,
Dong Jiao Min Xiang is a quite and arched tree alley,

East of the former US embassy compound is the former Dutch Embassy Compound. The picture below is the former entrance to the Dutch Barrack.

the former entrance to the Dutch Barrack.
the former entrance to the Dutch Barrack.

Move on to the east direction, you will see a grand building in the name of Beijing Police Museum at No.36. The Building is the former CITI Bank. Walk a while, you will come across the building no.34 for the former French bank – Banque de i’indo Chine.

The domed building at the corner of Dong Jiao Min Xiang and Zhengyi Road ( a north-south street ) is the former Japanese Yokahama Specie Bank.

Just to the east of the former Japanese Yokahama Specie Bank is the former Japanese Embassy, a yellow three-storey building (the Building No.23-1).
the former Japanese Embassy,
The former Japanese Embassy,

This is the building for the former French Post Office (No.19-1). Now it has been turned into a Sichuan Restaurant.

This is the building for the former French Post Office (No.19-1).
This is the building for the former French Post Office (No.19-1).

Have a short stroll to the east of the former French Post Office, you will see the entrance to the former French Embassy.

The St. Michael’s Church is located at the northeast corner of the crossroad between Dong Jiao Min Xiang and Taijichang Road (north-south). In 1901, the church property belonged to the French embassy, and when it opened in 1904, St. Michael’s was managed by the French Church.

St. Michael's Church
St. Michael’s Church

To the south of the St. Michael’s Church is the former Belgian legation with green roofs and red brick walls.

the former Belgian legation
The former Belgian legation

The main gate to the former Belgian embassy is on the East Qianmen Street, paralleling Dong Jiao Min Xiang.

The main gate to the former Belgian embassy is on the East Qianmen Street
The main gate to the former Belgian embassy is on the East Qianmen Street

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
(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.

Tourist Information Centers in Beijing

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing tourist information centres will help you arrange your individual Beijing travel. Beijing Tourist Information Centers are open 7 days a week, 8 hours per day. Some tourist information centres operate year round and others are seasonal. Travelers may obtain literature about destinations and attractions.

There are about 20 tourist information centres in the city proper of Beijing. Find out the nearest Information Centres  to you and well plan your Beijing trip.

Beijing Tourist Information Centre Sign (Logo)

Beijing travel information logo


1. T3 Beijing Capital Airport

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center T3 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T3航站楼咨询站
Tel:64532610
Add: Inside T3 of Beijing Capital Airport2. T1 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center T1 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T1航站楼咨询站
Tel::64540989
Add:Inside T1 of Beijing Capital Airport3. T2 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information T2 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T2航站楼咨询站
Tel:64598145
Add:inside T2 of Beijing Capital Airport4. Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Beijing Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心北京火车站咨询站
Tel:65288448
Add:16 Laoqianju Hutong, Dongcheng District 东城区老钱局胡同16号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Beijing West Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀西客站咨询站
Tel:63982337
Add:Northen Exit 2, the north square of Beijing West Railway Station 北京西客站北广场北二出口

5. Wangfujing Street
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center Wangfujing Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心王府井咨询站
Tel:85110468
Add:Ling2, 269 Wangfujing Street 东城区王府井大街269临2号

2) Station name: Beijing Travel Information Wangfujing Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德王府井店咨询点
Tel::65253310
Add::9 Shuaifuyuan Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District 东城区王府井大街帅府园9号

6. Beihai Park and Jingshan Park
1) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information West Gate of Beihai Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心北海公园西门
Tel:64002378
Add:West Gate of Beihai Park, 1 Wenjin Street 西城区文津街1号北海公园西门

2) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Jinshan Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城景山公园咨询站
Tel:64038098
Add:Inside Jingshan Park, 44 Jingshan West Street, Xicheng District 西城区景山西街44号景山公园内

7. Houhai Area (Shichahai)
1) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Houhai 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城后海咨询站
Tel:84033792
Add:17 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng District 西城区 鼓楼西大街 17 号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Prince Gong Mansion 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城恭王府咨询站
Tel:83288149
地址:Inside Prince Gong Mansion, 17 Qianhai West Street, Xicheng District 西城区前海西街17号恭王府院内

8. Beijing Zoo (Panda House)
Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Center Beijing Zoo 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城动物园咨询站
Tel:68390274
Add:Beijing Zoo, 137 Xizhimen Beiwaidajie 西城区西直门外大街137号北京动物园

9. Beijing Olympic Sites
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Olympic 5 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区5号站
Tel:84370526
Add:Inside the Olympic 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information 3 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳奥林匹克中心区3号站
Tel::84370660
Add:Inside the Olympic Site 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station:Beijing Tourist Information Centre 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区4号站
Tel:84370468
Add:Inside the Olympic Sites.朝阳奥林匹克公园

10. Qianmen Dashilan
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Dashilan 北京旅游咨询宣武大珊栏咨询站
Tel:63182505
Add:Inside Neiliansheg Shoes Store, 34 Dashilan, Xicheng District 宣武区大珊栏街34号内联升鞋店内

11.  Changfu Gong
Add :Beijing Beijing Tourist Information Chang Fu Gong Center Hotel 北京旅游咨询长富宫饭店咨询点
Tel::65126107
Add:26 Jianguomenwai, Changyang District 朝阳区建国门外大街26号

12. Beijing curio city
Station Name: Beijing tourist information centres 北京旅游咨询北京古玩城咨询点
Tel:59609999
Add:21 Sanhuan South Road, Changyao District 朝阳区东三环南路21号

13. Yansha Outlets Shopping Center
Station name:Beijing Tourist Information Yansha Outlets Shopping Center 北京旅游咨询金源燕莎购物中心咨询点
Tel:88874611
Add: Yuanda Lu 1, Haidian District 海淀区远大路1号

14. Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Centre Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文明长城遗址公园咨询站
Tel:65270874
Add:Inside Ming Dynasty Wall Relics 明长城遗址公园内

15:Qianmen Area
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Qianmen 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文前门咨询站
Tel: 83531111
Add: East side of Zhengyang Gate 崇文区前门正阳门箭楼东侧

16. Yuanmingyuan
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Yuanmingyuan 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀圆明园咨询站
Tel:62566911
Add:South gate of Yuanmingyuan 海淀区圆明园公园南门外

17. Laoshe Teahouse
Station Name:Beijing tourist information and the list.北京旅游咨询宣武老舍茶馆咨询站
Tel:63036830
Add:Building 3, Zhengyang Market, Qianmen Xidajie, Xicheng District 宣武区前门西大街正阳市场3号楼内

18. Liulichang
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Centre Liulichang 北京旅游咨询宣武琉璃厂咨询站
Tel:63017427
Add:Inside Hongbaotang, Liulichang Xijie, Xicheng District 宣武区琉璃厂西街3号宏宝堂内

19. Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant
Station Name:Beijingg Tourist Information Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德和平门店咨询点
Tel:63039916
Add:Xidajie 14, Xichang District 宣武区前门西大街14号

20. Haidian District
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Haidian 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀咨询站
Tel:82622895
Add:Dangdai Shopping Plaza, Haidian District 海淀区当代商城一层客服中心

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
06611If 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.