Wasn't really interested in shopping, but it was a nice walk to see the stores. This is a pedestrian only street. I read that the main part of the street was renovated for the Olympics, the street has nice tile floors, two trolleys going north and south, and all the store fronts look nice. There are side branches off the main street that run east-west and there are also parallel north-south branches, these alleys are more traditional, they are older, narrower, and the shops are more of just a store front, there isn't much if any of a store to go into. There aren't too many restaurants on the main street but the alleys have lots of restaurants. Also the items that are sold are quite different. On the main street are more traditional stores, bakeries, and North American stores like H&M, Zara, KFC (there seems to be an abundance of the KFCs in China), and McDonald's. On the side streets, it's just small vendors, probably selling fake/cheap stuff. It reminded of Temple Street in Hong Kong. Anyways there's lots of interesting food in the alleys. We found one store that sold many types of candy based on the Haw tree. We also found a store the sells steamed buns. Apparently they were served to the former Empress and she enjoyed them so much, she wrote about them. They were quite good, there's a story about them, I think they are called dog (his name) don't care, because when he was making them (and he was very busy), he didn't respond to you when you tried to talk to him. There were also found a few places that sell stinky tofu (mouldy tofu similar to blue cheese).
Note there's two listings for this on tripadvisor one under attractions and one under shopping.
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