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Shopping Streets

Dongdan Market Street

The street has experienced a boom recently and is famous for selling imported goods. It is also known as the Silver Street, as opposed to the Golden Street; Wangfujing, about one block to its west.

Adress: Chongwen District


QianmenTo the south of Tian'anmen Square and Qianmen Gate is a straight street running due south. This is the Qianmen market street, the oldest market street in Beijing with a history of 5 centuries. An east-west lane opening onto the street on its western side is the famous Dashilan.

Most of the shops along the lane are hundreds of years old, and some still retain their traditional appearance, though there are also some new ones in between. This is the most traditional market street to see in Beijing and is a good place to buy silk or traditional Chinese medicine in the old shops there.

Address: Chongwen District


Wangfujing, a 700-year-old commercial street, is located to the east of Tian'anmen Square and stretches from the Chinese Art Gallery to the Dongchan'an Avenue.

It houses a wide variety of shops and boutiques where you find commodities, some of which are of world-famous brands.

The Foreign Language Bookstore is also in this area. The Old-Beijing-Street is underground, and built in Ming and Qing style decor. The outstanding characteristic of it is the centralized well-known longstanding stores selling shoes, caps, silk cloth, scissors, Chinese brushes and ink-stick, jade articles, tea, desserts, pickled vegetables, roast ducks and so on.

Address: Dongcheng District

Xidan Market Street

Located just on the western side of the central axis of the city and north of West Chang'an Avenue, this street became a high street about 80 years ago with 6 small shops. Now it has become an all-function shopping mall with department stores, bookstores and food markets.

Address: Xicheng District