Wangfujing & Foodstreet

Wangfujing

Wángfǔjǐng (Chinese 王府井; Hanyu Pinyin: Wángfǔjǐng), located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, is one of the Chinese capital's most famous shopping streets. Much of the road is off-limits to cars and other motor vehicles, and it is not rare to see the entire street full of people. Since the middle of the Ming Dynasty there have been commercial activities in this place. In the Qing Dynasty, ten aristocratic estates and princess residence were built here, soon after when a well full of sweet water was discovered, thereby giving the street its name "Wang Fu" (aristocratic residence), "Jing" (well). In 1903, Dong'an market was formed.

It starts from Wangfujing Nankou, where the Oriental Plaza and the Beijing Hotel are located. It then heads north, passing the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore, the Beijing Department Store as well as the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore before ending at the Sun Dong An Plaza.

History

The street was also previously known as Morrison Street in English, after the Australian journalist George Ernest Morrison. Wangfujing is also one of the traditional downtown areas of Beijing, along with Liulichang.

Prior to 1949, the late 1990s trolleybuses, buses, and other traffic ran through the street, making it rather congested. Modifications in 1999 and 2000 made much of Wangfujing Street pedestrian only (aside from the tour trolley). Now through traffic detours to the east of the street.

Stores

Wangfujing is now home to around 280 famous Beijing brands, such as Shengxifu hat store, Tongshenghe shoe shop, and the Wuyutai tea house. A photo studio which took formal photos of the first Chinese leadership, the New China Woman and Children Department Store helped established by Soong Ching-ling (Madame Sun Yat-sen) were also located on the street.

Snack Street

The Wangfujing Night Market has a selection of exotic Street food on the Snack Street. Deep fried insects, scorpions, and sea creatures can be found, along with other animals and animal parts not ordinarily consumed as food in the west. But while these exotic snacks can be found, other more common foods, such as Chuanr (meat kebabs, commonly made of lamb) and desserts, such as Tang hu lu, or candied fruits make up the majority of the food sold on the street.

Subway access

Wangfujing has a station on the Beijing subway network, Line 1 has a station at the southern end of the street, which is a stop away eastbound from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen West or East Stations).

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How do we say Wangfujing in Chinese?

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Foodstreet

Foodstreets in Beijing

Donghuamen Night Snack Street (东华门美食坊夜市)
Location: Dong'anmen Dajie (东安门大街), Wangfujing Dajie (王府井大街), Dongcheng District
It is very popular with both local and international tourists. Strolling in this street at night is a tradition for tourists in Beijing. All snacks gather here, with local snacks playing a dominant role. The entire area has a welcoming atmosphere. This most famous snack street becomes particularly busy at night.

Gui Jie (簋街)
Location: Dongzhimennei Dajie (东直门内大街), Dongcheng District
For all it's surprising name, the 'Ghost Street' refers to round-the-clock service. It gathers all main Chinese cuisine and is best known for the crayfish in hot spices. When night comes, all red lanterns are alight and restaurants welcome their busiest time.

Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街)
Location: To the west of Wangfujing Dajie (王府井大街), Dongcheng District
If you go to the Wangfujing Street, you may as well saunter along the snack street there. While you weave your way along the street, the multitude of snacks will fill your eyes. In addition to the traditional snacks, fried scorpions, sea horses, cicadas and starfishes are not rare. The restaurants are all built in the ancient style and sometimes authentic Beijing Opera can be heard along the street.

Laitai Food Street (莱太美食街)
Location: Opposite the Nvren Jie (女人街), Tianze Lu (天泽路), Chaoyang District
This outstanding up-and-coming street is neatly arranged with twenty or so restaurants. Both Chinese and foreign cuisine can be found there. Most of the restaurants are distinctive in their ambience, but the food here is not very expensive.

Xiaoyun Lu Food Street (霄云路美食街)
Location: Xiaoyun Lu (霄云路), Chaoyang District.
Foreign cuisine preponderates, which is now the trade mark of this food street. Restaurants are not very big, but show an elegant style. Lemon Leaf which serves Tai Cuisine is well-known, so is the Faust, a restaurant where French food can be enjoyed.

Guang'anmen Food Street (广安门美食街)
Location: Guang'anmennei Dajie (广安门内大街), Xuanwu District
This street features hot food and mainly serves Sichuan Cuisine. These moderate restaurants are so popular that diners have to wait their turn at peak times. There are also time-honored restaurants such as Li Lao Die Spicy Crab (李老爹香辣蟹) and Tan Fish Head Hot Pot (谭鱼头火锅) in this street

Fucheng Lu Food Street (阜成路美食街)
Location: From Xi Sanhuan (西三环) Hangtian Qiao (航天桥) to Dinghui Qiao (定慧桥) of Xi Sihuan (西四环), Haidian District
Restaurants on this street are widely recognized as classy ones. The street is a collection of Jiangsu Cuisine, Hunan Cuisine, Sichuan Cuisine, Hangzhou Cuisine and Hubei Cuisine. These gourmet restaurants are complemented by a comfortable environment.

Fangzhuang Food Street (方庄美食街)
Location: Fangzhuang Area (方庄), Fengtai District
This hot street is the leader of the restaurants in the south of Beijing. As a new food street, complete facilities and spacious restaurants give it certain advantage. It is a good place to enjoy Chinese food, for these streets house almost all the major schools of Chinese cuisine. There are also famous restaurants serving German, Japanese and Italian food.

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Donghuamen Night Snack Street - Pictures

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Donghuamen Night Snack Street

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