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Beijing Commercial Centers - Wangfujing Street

(People's Daily Online)

16:32, August 22, 2012

City Guide - Beijing - Shopping
As an old capital of six dynasties, Beijing's commercial streets are the powerful proof defining the development of its economy. Especially in modern times, Wangfujing, Xidan, Qianmen and Longfusi are the most popular streets of the city, regarded as the symbol of Beijing's commerce.

Wangfujing is the most well-known and prosperous business street with modern and fashion trends. As many modern plazas and buildings built into use, Xidan is a newly rising area featuring many new trades and a combination of shopping, official business, entertainment and dining. Qianmen Street and Liulichang are busy streets within walk distance from each other. There are dozens of feature store, antique shops and time-honored brands. Nanluoguxiang, is one-kilometer Beijing hutong attracts more and more visitors to enjoy a relaxing walk. On the road are lined with boutiques, desserts shops, crafts shops and local residences as well. There are dazzling routes for days' shopping in Beijing and fresh things to explore, browse around.

Famous Commercial Centers in Beijing:
Wangfujing Street
Xidan Commercial Street
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Silk Street (Xiushui)

Wanfujing Street
Chinese name: 王府井大街(wáng fǔ jǐng dà jiē)
Wangfujing Street starts with East Chang'an Avenue in the south and ends with China Art Gallery in the north. This 700-year-old commercial street is 810 meters (0.5 miles) long and 40 meters (43.7 yards) wide. It is the busiest street in Beijing and there are 600,000 people every day come and go in the street and on holidays, the number can rise to 1,200,000. The first famous business zone in Beijing houses a wide variety of shops and boutiques where you find commodities, some of which are of world-famous brands. Apart from that, there are also many time honored stores with traditional commodities standing in the street for hundreds of years. Nowadays Wangfujing Street is a modern commercial street which is said to be the sister street of the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The Old-Beijing-Street which is located on Wangfujing Street (-1/F, Xin Dong An Plaza) is an underground street built in Ming and Qing styles. The outstanding characteristic of it is the centralized well-known longstanding stores selling shoes, caps, silk cloth, scissors, Chinese brushes and ink-stick, jade, teas, desserts, pickled vegetables and roast duck. Beijing Craftwork and Art Mansion specially operates various industrial arts and artworks, and is famed all over Beijing, and is an old shop in Wangfujing Street.

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