Qianmen (Zhengyangmen)

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Qianmen (Zhengyangmen)
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Qianmen Dajie is a recently restored pedestrian street in the architectural style of old Peking with little shops & restaurants. Connected to Qianmen, the Dashilar area is a vibrant mix of historic shops and hutong streets.
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  • Qianmen • 5 min walk
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,661 contributions
Friends
The pedestrian street wasn't crazy busy when we went in late December. They also have quite a few options for Peking duck in this area that are all pretty highly recommended and popular. The area is recently restored and has a few places to stop and sit. The shops are pretty typical for China.

If you are going to check out the street expect to spend an hour or two there and maybe an hour or two for Peking duck.
Written December 30, 2021
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yashgupta25
Doha, Qatar300 contributions
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Qianmen has a lot of history in it. A small part is that it used to be a shopping area in the Q,g/Ming dynasty which was renovated and is now a tourist haunting. The layout is simple, theres a main street with branches on both left and right. One side is full of small shops and the other side is food shops. The ideal trip here is to plan Forbidden City in the morning (about 2-3 hours), then do a photo-op across the road in Tienanmen Square, then continue walking south (keeping Forbidden City behind you) and you'll reach Qianmen subway station. Cross the road to pass the arch and you are in Qianmen street. Here you can stop for a nice Peking Duck lunch close to the tea shops and then continue shopping. Don't be tempted by the Starbucks at the start of the street to quench your thirst, go further in to look at the tea shops and the smaller restaurants.
Written September 14, 2013
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan990 contributions
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"Men" means "door" or "gate" in Chinese. Qianmen means "front gate". It is a gate situated to the south of Tiananmen Square and once guarded the southern entry into the Forbidden City.

It was first built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty, and was reconstructed in 1914. Being a beautiful and majestic building with historical significance, it is one of the symbols of Beijing.

Unfortunately, it is over decorated. Like a country girl wearing heavy makeup.
Written July 7, 2017
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Alienandbear
Daly City, California, United States155 contributions
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Down the street you'll see a bunch of brand shops. Like Zara, H and M. Most of the brand shops here for some reason get different shipments of clothing so you might find something you like here that you couldn't find in an H and M in the states or a Zara.

Anyways, to the east of the street is a street filled with different types of small foods such as lamb sticks, old beijing yogurt etc...

They also have a Taiwan street that contains different food from Taiwan. The main part of this is located on an escalator at the bottom. If you've ever been to Taiwan you'll realize the food isn't that great compared to Taiwan.

On the west side there is a famous tea house with a big tea statue on the outside.

Here you can buy silk to take home too if you are into that.

At the beginning of the street there is a long line all lining up for Quan Ju De Beijing duck.

On the east side is another duck restaurant that dates back to the Ming era.

Make sure to try out the Tang Hu lu when you are here, it's much cleaner than anywhere else you will find in Beijing.

The night life here is pretty good as well and I would recommend you coming both during the day and at night to see the difference.

You can also take the bus trolley. I think it's 10rmb I can't remember. Also, there are some pickpockets around this area so be careful.

Summary-

Bathrooms are kind of dirty..would recommend you go to a restaurant one.
Check out the H&M store and Zara store
Remember to go to the west and east side. East side has more eating, west side has more shopping.
You can try out Beijing duck here, some people say it's great some people say its bad but everyones taste and opinion is different.
Ignore the people throwing plane/bird in the air they are trying to sell it to you.
Easy to get here from Subway.
The Starbucks here looks fancy.
Come during the day and night
Written September 11, 2013
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tetelu
Cluj-Napoca, Romania350 contributions
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Qianmen, literally "Front Gate", is the colloquial name for Zhengyangmen, meaning "gate of the zenith Sun", a gate in Beijing's historic city wall. The gate is situated to the south of Tiananmen Square and once guarded the southern entry into the Inner City.
Although much of Beijing's city walls were demolished, Qianmen remains an important geographical marker of the city. The city's central north-south axis passes through this main gate.
It can not be visited, but you can pass thought. And it looks better at night
To the south is Qianmen Main Street Mall with a lot of stores and restaurants
Written April 6, 2013
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bigwawao
New York City, NY9,893 contributions
When I was researching my trip for china, the only thing I learned about Qianmen was in passing reference. I was so glad that my guide decided to include Qianmen on the way to the Forbidden City.
Qianmen main street is like Wangfujing. Pedestrian only. But while Wangfujing is downright busy, Qianmen is not. There are a lot of shops here and places to even. There is even a Quanjude Duck restaurant! A sightseeing trolley goes up and down the main street.
This place is very safe and good for tourist and families. One curiosity though is that on many of the buildings you will see an old picture of how that particular establishement used to look fore the great makeover.
Overall, I would say that it is very much worth the 1-2 hours on the way to the Forbidden City.
Written January 21, 2012
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,433 contributions
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We really enjoyed the architectural design that this building had to offer. It's got beautiful colors and sticks out so tall in the middle of the street. A nice place for a few pictures.
Written October 26, 2015
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heather W
Essex, UK70 contributions
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Tianmen (qianmen square) has to be visited. It's a very busy square, where you can visit the mausoleum of Chairman Mao, the museum and The Forbidden City. You have to pass through stict security gates before entering the square. Unsure how secure it is though as the security police always seem to be on the mobile phones. Lots of army personnel about, but they do stand at entrances to all government buildings. The main flag in the square get raised and lowered every day, visitors gather to watch the ceremony. Many independant traders selling postcards and kites as well as other bits and bobs. Lots of photographers who do look official as they have passes and ID cards. We were told to beware of pickpockets, however we never felt threatened or at risk. Nevertheless we were still vigilant, as there was a lot of people about. There is a nice pedestrian only shopping, restaurant area not far from the square, it is a lovely place to visit for gifts and walk through. And you can get a bargain. But again beware of pickpockets.
Written May 26, 2015
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rocco11221
County Cork, Ireland526 contributions
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This is quite a modern looking shopping street. There are lots of clothes stores, souvenir shops, and Starbucks for coffee.
Written January 5, 2015
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BijanTehran_Iran
Tehran, Iran495 contributions
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take subway line 2 and get out at Qianmen station, or exit through south pole of Tian an men square,its a short but very lovely street .Absolutely deserve an afternoon for walking,shopping,and eating.Its not as live as wangfuging street,but absolutely more interesting with many small branches.
Written December 25, 2014
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