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“Good start to walk towards Tiananmen and Forbidden City”

Qianmen (Zhengyangmen)
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Walking Tour of Beijing Streets and Hutongs with Confucius Temple
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Private Tour: Tiananmen Area Night Walk with Lao She Teahouse Show
Ranked #67 of 1,612 things to do in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Based on our research, there are various ways to reach Tiananmen Square (Guang Chang) 天安門 - Qianmen station on line 2 is at the southern end of the square, while Tiananmen East and Tiananmen West, both on line 1, are at the northern end.

We started our day at Qian Men and in my opinion, that is a great start to learn about and get a little more in-dept about the history. Also, you can simply continue walking North towards Chairman Mao’s memorial hall, Tiananmen and eventually reaching the Forbidden City. Qian Men or “Zhengyangmen” is actually situated at the south of Tiananmen Square and is the building which was restricted only to the Emperor for prayers, Empress (only on her wedding day) and the scholars - 状元 (only on the day they were selected).

It was where the Emperor in those days go to to pray for the country – for the wealth, health and prosperity of ancient China. It is afterall situated on the 龙脉 of China (i.e pulse of the dragon – reflecting good fengshui). We paid a very fair price for a guided tour at one of the booths and she gave us a good download of the history and background of Zhengyangmen – a 4 storey building. We walked the path once taken by the Emperor. It was certainly an enriching history lesson and a great experience for me.

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Reviewed April 21, 2012

This street is nice to look at, but the shopping might be a bit so-so. Use this street as a navigation point to find the fun side streets where more interesting shopping can be found.

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

It's really just a shopping street - visit the hutongs either side for some more unique shopping experiences.

Thank swhale
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

Forget T Square, there's nowt there. Just walk out southwards to see this fine old gate and the excellent pedestrianised shopping streets behind it containing a heady mix of old and (low-rise) new

Thank David William P
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

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.

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