Wangfujing

10 Things to do in Beijing.

Before you go on your Beijing tour probably you’ll have to plan it beforehand. What’s to see in Beijing? Where to go? Well, don’t panic and read this list of “Top 10 of things to see in your Beijing Tour” 1)      Forbidden City The Forbidden City was initially an imperial palace for the Ming and […]

Before you go on your Beijing tour probably you’ll have to plan it beforehand. What’s to see in Beijing? Where to go? Well, don’t panic and read this list of “Top 10 of things to see in your Beijing Tour

1)      Forbidden City The Forbidden City was initially an imperial palace for the Ming and the Qing dynasties, it was built in 1420 and it has 980 buildings of different ages and artistic styles, who served as imperial residence and political courts during centuries. One of its peculiarities is that all these buildings are surrounded by a moat who is 52 meters wide and 6 meters deep.

2)      Tiananmen Square, situated in the same metro stop of The forbidden City is the center, the most important place in Beijing,  in the square you can visit Mao Zedong’s mausoleum where his body is preserved, the Monument to the Pepole’s Heroes and the South door.

3)      The Great Wall The Great Wall is believed to be 21,196  kilometers long. It is a gigantic construction and it extends from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west, roughly following the form of Mongolia.

4)      The Temple of Heaven The temple of Heaven was created between 1406 and 1420 by the emperor Yongle and it’s a Temple in honor of the Heavens and the Good Harvests. A must-see.

5)      Silk Market; The tourist shopping paradise, there you can bargain for the best things, clothes, souvenirs…

6)      Nanglugouxiang In there you can see the Hútòngs. The Hútòngs have formed Beijing since 907, there are more than 2000 but only 360 have a name, in fact there is a Chinese proverb that says: “There are 360 hutong with names and as many nameless hutong as there are hairs on a cow”, There you can see the traditional ways of living in Beijing.

7)      Hou Hai Lake The Houhai lake zone is a district that is formed by a lake and its surroundings, mostly Hútòngs. There you can chill-out and it has a very active night-life.

8)      Summer Palace The Summer Palace was the royal summer residence during the Qing Dynasty. The palace grounds cover an area of 290 hectares, three quarters of which is a lake.

9)      Wangfujing It is a street full of shops and it’s been commercially active since the Ming dynasty and in the Qing dynasty was the place where the aristocrats chose to live after a well of sweet water was discovered there.

10)   Bell tower The Bell Tower was used to tell the time. The bell sounded every evening until the last emperor left the Forbidden City. The bell is 7 meters tall and weighs 63 tons.

These are the 10 most important things you can see in your Beijing Tour, don’t miss any of them!

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Wangfujing

As you know a Trip to China (or at any part of the world) is not completed without at least a little bit of shopping and if you Travel to Beijing the best place you can go if you want to avoid the bargaining of the Silk Market and you wish for a place where […]

As you know a Trip to China (or at any part of the world) is not completed without at least a little bit of shopping and if you Travel to Beijing the best place you can go if you want to avoid the bargaining of the Silk Market and you wish for a place where Chinese people goes shopping too is Wangfujing.

Wangfujing literally means “Prince’s mansion well” and it’s located near the Tiananmen square although there is a metro station called “Wangfujing” which leaves you just in the middle of the shopping street.

It’s been commercially active since the Ming dynasty and in the Qing dynasty was the place where the aristocrats chose to live after a well of sweet water was discovered there.

Although it was known for a period of time as the Morrison Street (after the Australian journalist George Ernest Morrison) and that sometimes the traffic was allowed in now Wangfujing street is one of the most popular streets in Beijing.

Now it holds more than 280 famous Chinese brands and also a good range of international brands that have their space in the street.

And if you want to have a snack or eat something in the area there are a lot of options you can do; you can always go to the fast food (There is a McDonalds, KFC…) or to the restaurants that offer Beijing duck and a lot of Chinese specialties.

But if you are brave enough and you want to try different things you can go to the Snack Street and buy some of the dishes that are available, there you can try the most bizarre things such as; sheep brains, cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, ants, snake, crocodile , entire ducklings and a range of animals that you can’t imagine.

If you don’t dare to eat this things in the Snack Street you can also find Chuanr (a kind of kebab with lamb meat) and desserts like caramelized fruits or candy fruits in a stick, all very transportable because the Snack Street is situated in a hútòng area so there’s not much space to eat there.

Wangfujing Street and its surrounding area are a part of Beijing that you cannot miss in your Beijing trip. So, my recommendation is that, even if you are here for a short time make sure that at least you spend some time there, just shopping (either for yourself or souvenirs) or just to try all the exotic food!

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Welcome to Wangfujing

On April 9, 2012, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, More Places of Interest, Shopping, by Jack Li

Wangfujing is situated in the centre of Beijing which makes it a perfect location for people to visit from anywhere in the city. To reach Wangfujing, visitors can take the line one of the subway and get off at Wangfujing station, exit A. Despite the bustling roads around Wanfujing, the pedestrianized layout of the area […]

Wangfujing is situated in the centre of Beijing which makes it a perfect location for people to visit from anywhere in the city. To reach Wangfujing, visitors can take the line one of the subway and get off at Wangfujing station, exit A. Despite the bustling roads around Wanfujing, the pedestrianized layout of the area means visitors can have a relatively relaxed shop. For international access to the city, some operators such as; China Airlines and Air China may be a useful way in which to get your trip started.

Commerce has flourished in the Wangfujing ever since the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). The name ‘Wangfujing’, however, actually arose later under the Ming dynasty from “Wang Fu”, meaning princely residence and “Jing” which means ‘well’. Relics of Wangfujing’s past can be found around the area. These include the ‘Wangfujing Well’ and the stunning, Romanesque-styled, Wangfujing Cathedral which was rebuilt in 1904. Walking down the main street will also provide an excellent opportunity to take some fun-snaps with the camera due to the fact that the street is dotted with statues which portray life in old-Beijing. Together with these reasons, and more mentioned below, this should hopefully influence your decision to go and travel to Beijing.

At 810 meters long and over 200 shops, Wangfujing is not short of retail outlets. On the main street, visitors can experience an array of modern shops where the latest products and designs can be found. If accessing the main street from the ‘south entrance’ (Wangfujing Nankou), visitors will pass the Oriental Plaza mall which, given by its size, can provide nearly everything a shopper desires. If you love reading books, then Wangfujing is probably the place for you. Indeed, the street has a strong connection with the written word. For example, Wangfujing was once named ‘Morrison Street’ after George Morrison, an Australian journalist. Whilst today the main street displays two fine bookstores which both sell western literature. Wangfujing Bookstore is the larger of the two stores and sells western material on the third floor with the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore being the other.

Visiting Wangfujing at night is certainly worth considering because this is when the main street is illuminated with fantastic neon colours. For instance, the Citizen Clock Tower certainly appears impressive towering over the street in the dark. Moreover, for those who have built up quite an appetite from shopping along the main street, there is always the option of venturing into Wangfujung Snack Street (Wangfujing XiaoChiJie) which comes alive after 6pm. As a note of warning, some of the foods here may be very different from what you may be used to (such as scorpion and sheep testicles). On the other hand, taking the opportunity to visit this food market will nevertheless enrich your experience of local culinary delights. Furthermore, the market serves some very tasty and popular treats like glazed fruit kebabs (Tanghulu) along with more ordinary foods like noodles.To make your experience of Wangfujing even more pleasurable, Beijing Hotels lists many luxury hotels near to the area.

 

Sample Some Snake, Scorpion, Seahorse or Starfish at Wangfujing!

On September 16, 2011, in Beijing, China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

For adventurous eaters or those just curious to see the range of unusual creatures deemed edible, you should definitely not miss a trip to the night markets in Wangfujing. This is an experience that usually isn’t on offer in other countries, except slightly less bizarre offerings such as fried grasshoppers in South East Asia! Therefore […]

For adventurous eaters or those just curious to see the range of unusual creatures deemed edible, you should definitely not miss a trip to the night markets in Wangfujing. This is an experience that usually isn’t on offer in other countries, except slightly less bizarre offerings such as fried grasshoppers in South East Asia! Therefore when you travel to Beijing it is a must see, if only for some interesting photographs to show people back home! Also if you plan to travel to Shanghai there are also similar streets to sample the delicacies.

 

Wangfujing is fairly central to access on Subway line 1 and the stop is conveniently also called Wangfujing. Take exit A and it is a short walk to most of the action. Wangfujing is also more than just the night market location, being a popular attraction and one of the busiest shopping areas. It is also a pedestrian only street which is a rarity in Beijing, and has a variety of shops and smalls.

 

There are a few night market areas but the main streets are ‘Xiaochi Jie’ and ‘Donganmen’. These stalls are a little more expensive and tourist orientated however you will find an exciting array of insects, animals and other edible deep fried delicacies to try. Examples of the variety available include everything from starfish, scorpion, lizard and snake to silk worms, millipedes, spiders and birds.

 

If you are a fussy eater there is plenty of ‘normal’ food available at the stalls aswell, including noodles, spring rolls and rice dishes. There are also plenty of stalls selling a variety of kebabs using lamb or chicken. In addition to this if you require a full meal there are plenty of both Chinese and Western restaurants in the area, and you can walk north to the many hutongs to sample some authentic dishes down any of the small side streets.

 

The market is opened every evening from around 5pm and starts to close at 9.30pm, with it clearing away completely by 10pm. It is also located reasonably nearby Tianamen Square so you may be able to walk from your Beijing hotel.

 

 

Shopping in Beijing – Wangfujing Street and Xiushui Street

On January 12, 2011, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, by Sandy Li

As the capital city of China, Beijing has a history of over thousands of years. If people want to start their China travel, Beijing is the first choice to visit. When travel to Beijing, tourists enjoy shopping after a trip to places of interest. Beijing is a metropolis with developed business and a prosperous economy […]

As the capital city of China, Beijing has a history of over thousands of years. If people want to start their China travel, Beijing is the first choice to visit. When travel to Beijing, tourists enjoy shopping after a trip to places of interest. Beijing is a metropolis with developed business and a prosperous economy since ancient time. You can buy any kinds of things in Beijing, whether you are looking antiques, souvenirs or bargains. From fashionable shopping-mall to huge markets, there are plenty of places to explore.

There are several shopping districts offering variety of goods in Beijing. The traditional shopping districts have been always Wangfujing Street, Qianmen Street, Xiushui Street, Dongdan and Xidan Commercial Street, but now it seems that Jianguomen Outer Street and Chaowai Street have risen to the top for the latest and most luxurious shopping districts. Shopping at outdoor markets remains a great experience for foreign travelers, such as the Panjiayuan Collection Street, Xinjiekou Street and Old Pipe Street.

Two Popular Places of Shopping for Tourists

Wangfujing Street

Wangfujing, a seven hundred-year-old commercial street, starts with East Chang’an Avenue in the south and ends with China Art Gallery in the north. It has a wide variety of shops and boutiques where you can find all kinds of commodities, some of which are of world-famous brands. Nowadays Wangfujing Street is a modern commercial street which is said to be the sister street of the Champs-Elysees in Paris. You will also find jewelry, make up, wines, tea shops, cafés and a whole bunch of Chinese and Western fast food restaurants.

Besides modern department stores, the Foreign Language Bookstore is also in this area. The street has many outdoor places to sit under an umbrella with a cold beer, coffee or ice-cream during the summer. The most popular sculptures on both street sides reflects the life of old Beijing. For many years, the shopping street of Wangfujing has been the pride of Beijing.

Xiushui Street

Xiushui Street is a good place to buy cheaper goods and the resident foreigners in Beijing come here frequently. Whatever you want to buy, like bags, shoes, handicrafts or sweaters, you can bargain with the owners. The opening hours are 9am to 9pm. In the basement floor you’ll find shoes, belts, handbags and suitcases etc. On the first and second floors there are mainly designer clothes. Silk products are sold on the third floor. Floors four and five have jewelry, pearls, Chinese crafts and art, watches, electronics etc.

In fact, the fun of the place may not come in searching for the best bag or  shirt, it comes in the bargaining. After spending some time bargaining, never hesitate to walk away, as this is often the quickest way to hear the sellers lower their prices to a reasonable level.The more you bargain, the better price you may get. It may yield a feeling of accomplishment when you purchase one thing at maybe 30-40 percent of the original price, even more. Besides, Xiushui Street is one of places in Beijing where foreigners can purchase clothes and shoes in large sizes.

Wangfujing and Xiushui Street are two famous shopping areas in Beijing. If you find these interesting and want to go shopping there, please book Beijing Flights and enjoy it.

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Wangfujing Street

On November 11, 2010, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

If your very daring and up for a challenge I urge you to visit Wangfujing Street aka the place of the night market. Its open every day from 5pm-9pm and all weather. Here you will find many exotic eats, they have stalls lined up next to each other with anything you could want, and many […]

If your very daring and up for a challenge I urge you to visit Wangfujing Street aka the place of the night market. Its open every day from 5pm-9pm and all weather. Here you will find many exotic eats, they have stalls lined up next to each other with anything you could want, and many things you don’t want! To name a few they have scorpions, starfish,grasshopper, snake, silk worm, millepedes and Beatles its certainly not for the faint hearted!

Night Market

At night fall this street is transformed into a bustling market full of hungry clients, the food does range in price and can get quite expensive for the more bizarre items. I would suggest going in a group so you can have a sample of everything as the portions are a good size.

Star fish

They have a lot of food besides the wierd offel sticks mostly fried chinese product such as beef balls and pancakes, some of them even have delicous vegetable and sweet items. The best advice Is to be brave and try everything, remember you only live once!

A menu from the market

The best way to get there is via subway it is on subway line one and the station is on the southern side of the street which is one stop eastbound to Tiananmen square. If this account has inspired you to want to travel Beijing but don’t know where to start for some great low cost travel idea’s go to China Tours. Or if you need advice on hotels go to China Hotels.

Wangfujing: Out on the Town

On September 14, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, Nightlife, Shopping, by Jack Li

Wangfujing is a popular shopping and eating district in Beijing situated nearby The Forbidden City, the area boosts two large shopping centers which are popular with locals and tourists alike.  Experience  “old Beijing street” at Sundongan Plaza, at the North end of Wangfujing and Oriental Plaza, at the South end of Wangfujing. Oriental Plaza is home to iconic […]

Food! Food! Food!

Wangfujing is a popular shopping and eating district in Beijing situated nearby The Forbidden City, the area boosts two large shopping centers which are popular with locals and tourists alike.  Experience  “old Beijing street” at Sundongan Plaza, at the North end of Wangfujing and Oriental Plaza, at the South end of Wangfujing. Oriental Plaza is home to iconic brands such as Mango, Sisley and Jack Jones. For more exclusive shopping in Wangfujing explore the hushed shopping mall in the basement of The Peninsula Hotel home to labels such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

Regardless of how much of a fashion follower you are the highlight of Wangfujing has got to be the areas snack market. Experience outlandish dishes such as deep fried ice cream, scorpion and sheep’s testicles from the long line of street chefs all competing for your taste buds.  Haigan Diaz and McDonald’s are conveniently located nearby to eradicate the exotic flavors from your mouth with some ice cream if required. Look out for the contemporary and traditional street sculptures as you negotiate the highways and byways of this vibrant district.

To experience Wangfujing for yourself  jump off at Wangfujing or Dongdan underground station.

For more travel inspiration contact China Travel Depot to plan your personalized trip to Beijing or check out China Travel Depot’s online guide for hints, tips and must see destinations.

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