Dashilan
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Underneath a local marketplace is this 9,000-foot-long underground air-raid shelter that has been converted to an underground hotel and arts and crafts shop.
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FlyfishermanBeijing
Beijing, China265 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Dashilan street is crowded ground level shoping street where lies some of most traditional Beijing shops. It is worth for short visit. Don't get confused between Dashilan and Qianmen street. Qianmen is wide shopping street front od Zheng Yang gate and goes Notrh to South direction, Dashilan is East to west direction.
Written August 23, 2021
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JH Lim
Singapore, Singapore95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
Quite a few time honoured brands selling things such as tea, medicine, shoes and more.

There is one building, 商业文化老街 (Commercial Cultural Old street(?)), which has many stalls selling interesting stuffs and souvenirs whereby you cannot find in other streets in Beijing.
Written October 14, 2019
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
The Smoking Pipe Street impressed me with a relaxed tranquil ambience in an ancient setting but Dashilan fascinated me with the modern streets, old architectural buildings and the surviving old branded historic shops and stores.

The retail shop Rui Fu Xiang boasts of superior quality silk fabric, the Nei Lian Sheng shop triumphed over other competitors and survived till these days for her quality shoes and intrinsic designs. I like the varieties of unique designs of the hats at Ma Ju Yuan stores.There were also the Qing Yun Ge Tea house, the reputed Traditional Medical Hall of Tong Ren Tang selling quality traditional Chinese herbs and the many other scarfs and chopsticks shops.

The Dashilan shopping street has a history of 580 years and was in existence since the Yuan Dynasty. Immersed in the relaxed atmosphere surrounded by the many branded ancient stores, I thought I was re-born into an upper class family in an era of the ancient dynasties and following my wife in pursuit of her shopping thrill. But I just wondered if the women born during those years really had the privilege like my wife to enjoy the freedom to shop at their own pace in such relaxed mood.

I went around the building taking photos of the unique architectural designs while my wife shop around for souvenirs and deep in my heart, I wondered if the ancient people of those days were better in creating a more peaceful shopping environment than the current modern consumer oriented shopping mall blasted with ear-piercing and pulsating rock music.

While I was strolling along the street and was standing right in front of Tong Ren Tang medical hall, a young girl suddenly appeared in front of me asking if I could help her as she need money to buy train ticket back home. Her eyes was so pleading and watery that I almost could not resist the temptation to help her. And she looked so decent with no make-up that I could not make out if she belonged to that class of girls that relied on subsistence from preying on man. The way she `marketed' herself I have no doubt that I was a target of vice activity. She must have sensed that I was a foreigner and wondered if I could go and sleep with her and paid for her services.

Caught by surprise, I quickly darted away and disappeared as fast as possible to find my wife. After some time, I looked back but the young lady had disappeared from the scene. She probably was worried that I reported the matter to the `Gong Ang' (the Police).

It was an unusual encounter but I remember during those ancient days in China, it was normal and a status for a man to visit brothels along this street. But I am sorry that the young girl found the wrong companion. It seem difficult to eradicate the old trade in a blossoming capitalist economy.
Written October 20, 2015
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Nicola V
Orlando, FL24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Beautiful area with lots of different stores, nice part of Beijing. Take about 1-2 hours to walk through.
Written December 4, 2019
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Joseph M
Yeovil, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
This is the most peaceful place to visit, to live, or to spend a whole life. People do not smile much, but many happy faces, people not very polite as seen in western cities' "fake NICE", but very helpful, though not everybody or every time... Many people dress pro western, but they are still typical eastern. I like everything in this "front gate" of Beijing. Here I breath a days of fresh air, when you stuck in the fake freedom fake democracy air of London or other western cities for too long.
Written October 31, 2019
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Rogério - 60+ countries visited
Klaipeda, Lithuania863 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
This area has been recently renovated to reflect the historic buildings and cultural aspects of “middle age” Chinese lifestyle. Definitely worth to visit.
Written October 11, 2019
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dking211
Erie, CO156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our hotel was located next to this area and we couldn't have been happier. Everything else we did seemed touristy and very controlled, this area caters to tourists but is a blend of merchants and chefs that seems completely out of control. Food is great, ate all of my meals here.
Written November 10, 2014
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SSLOVEKK
El Paso, TX184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
What do you want to visit in Beijing? To view the modern building and skyscaper? That's not Beijing. Go visiting Dashila, that's the real old Beijing looks like.There so some good preserved old Hutongs there, the best local food, the best handcrafts all over the country for your souvenir. It's a must see. Don't miss it.
Written September 22, 2013
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dgjohansson
Ronneby, Sweden1,600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Couples
This side street to the big pedestrial Qianmen Street is fun to walk. With a very long hisotry, the old buildings provides a hostorical flair to the street and the shops are good for souvenir shopping even if they maybe don't primary gears towards the tourists. The street continues over several larger streets towards the west and ends in the end up in the Arts- and handicrafts street.
Lots of food joints on the side streets to this side street. worth a visit!
Written April 21, 2012
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,655 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
This is one of the side streets near the Qianmen Street. It's more catered to locals with interesting stores and snack shops. It's not far from Zhengyang Gate so it's worth your time to come here for a stroll.
Written February 1, 2018
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