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Donghuamen Night Market

Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A walk down the lanes of Donghuamen night market plunges one into a visual, sound and olfactory treat. This weird and wonderful street is accessible by foot from Wangfujing Street or from numerous taxis around This food street has lines of stalls selling mainly food that can be eaten whilst on the walk. Skewered insects, aquatic animals, reptiles, small birds... More 

Thank Joyman L
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Donghuamen Night Market in Wangfujing street is no longer there! There are plenty of places to eat in the area, especially on the upper floors of the mall areas on Wangfujing.

1 Thank MJMoore65
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an outrageously fun stop for anyone with an adventurous streak visiting Beijing. Even if you don't want to eat the bugs, etc. it is worth a look. In my case I made friends with a group traveling on a study abroad trip and watched them eat the bugs.

1 Thank Christin L
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The government decided to close the night market for good! It's been there for 32 years! The nearby residents complain about the stalls blocking the traffic and the hygiene is a concern. The food and the sellers are not authentic Beijing anymore. It lost the genuine Beijing flavors.

Thank Soxblue
Portumna, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

It's just rows of stalls selling different kinds of food... Very different kinds! - tarantulas, giant centipedes, snakes, scorpions... anything that slithers or crawls really. It's mostly for tourists amusement I think. You'd wanna be either very brave or very stupid to eat much of the stuff they sell here. And I definitely wouldn't be a fan of the cruel... More 

Thank Franc C
Fort Worth, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Our guide told us horror stories of her clients getting sick from eating here. I DON'T recommend you eat the food. However, watching the people and seeing the interesting food on the stick was worth the quick detour. This is close to the shopping area and worth the quick detour. You can go a street over and find little food... More 

1 Thank Jeremy S
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

This is just a row of stalls selling overpriced junk food to tourists. I was sucked in when I first moved to Beijing. I am still far from an expert in Beijing but I can say that knowing what I know now I would just pick a nice restaurant and eat there instead. The quality is better at restaurants, the... More 

Thank Margoose87
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Go visit here if you want to try the silk worms, sea horses, grasshoppers, scorpions etc. Food is nice if you are up for it. Lots of shops. I tried few of them. It may require an additional taste to appreciate this kind of food.

Thank Arka_Dutta
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Quite a sight at night. A long straight street, lit up with dozens and dozens of stalls all selling the same food. Not to everyone's taste but fascinating place to visit.

Thank Russ W
Crown Point, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Local snacks are a special feature of Beijing. Tourists can taste not only the local flavors, but those of other regions as well. Snack-stalls in the night markets are always popular and busy destinations. By following the wafting aroma of cooking, you can find the most natural and simple flavors of Old Beijing in the street. Located at the northern... More 

Thank MrWarrenM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian, Fast Food
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Good for
Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
  • Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
This vibrant & bustling night market can be found just off Wangfujing Street & it is a zoo of weird and interesting food & street snacks. Uighur Lamb skewers, Snakes, Grasshoppers, Starfish, Corn on the cob, Smelly doufu, Fried hearts & kidneys, Squid, Turtles, Frogs, Stuffed breads, Live seafood, Fried pancakes, Candied fruit, Scorpions on sticks.

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