With a history of a thousand years, there are various kinds of street in Beijing, be its style ancient or modern, noisy or quiet, nostalgic or fashion. Every single one of them is telling a story, the story of Beijing. They have attracted many tourists from all over the world. This article is going to list 5 streets that you must visit in Beijing.
1. Liu Li Chang Ancient Culture Street
Just off the Gate He Ping, it is one of the most famous streets in Beijing. The history of it can date back to the Qing Dynasty. During that period, those who came for the national exams were living around this area, therefore many shops had been selling books, pen and papers. Many of those shops are still open today selling Chinese paintings. Most of the foreign travelers would like to come and experience the ancient Chinese culture.
If you are interested in antiques, Chinese calligraphy and paintings, you definitely do not want to miss Liu Li Chang Ancient Culture Street. In addition, every shop here has one pair of couplet, which is the essence of Chinese culture.
2. Shichahai Bars Street
With the ancient architectures mixing with the modern fashion, Shichahai Bars Street is one of the most unique places in Beijing. Many people would like to enjoy the serenity among the noise when they come here. You can enjoy the slight sad music of Erhu on the bridge nearby.
3. South Luogu Lane
It is one of the most ancient streets in the East Beijing, with the characteristics of the architecture of the Yuan Dynasty. Built in the Yuan Dynasty, it is 800 meters long, with 8 asymmetrical lanes on each side of the street. it looks like a centipede; hence the street is also known as “the street of a centipede”. There are many small bars located along the street where you can enjoy the serenity and solitude at night. Also, it also harbors some nostalgic shops including the food shop from the 1980s, several milk stations and youth hostels. It would be a great choice for those who travel or those who just would like to enjoy a lovely afternoon.
4. Maliandao Tea Street
Located near the Beijing West Station, Maliandao Tea Street is known as “the first tea street in Beijing”. It is 1500 meters long and the home to more than 100 tea shops. Tea from those major tea-producing areas, including Zhejiang, Fujian, Anhui and Yunnan, is traded here. The sales reach 100 million yuan per year, accounting for almost 10 percent of the total sales all over the country. Although it does not have a long history, it is the largest tea market in Beijing and the largest tea trading hub in the north of China.
5. Wangfujing Snacks Street
Wangfujing is a very famous street in Beijing. There are a lot of shopping markets and snacks. There are also many sculptures on the roadside. It is said that there are more than 100 snacks selling here including both Halal and non-halal food. You can also see scorpion, grasshopper or cocoon selling in the shop.
Come and explore those streets yourself!