Qianmen Street, Beijing, China
Qianmen Street Beijing Reviews
Quaint ancient shopping district Jul 29, 2011
Qian Men, a city gate that leads to the Forbidden City, is located on the south side of TianAnMen Square. The literal translation for Qian Men is Front Gate. The whole area is basically a shopping district, embedded within hutongs (alleyways), with buildings similar to the way it did in the olden days.
We went to several streets within Qian Men. It was a really hot day, so rather than staying outside, we went into a lot of the little shops. There are many tourist shops, selling little trinkets and souvenirs, such as jewelry, hand fans, and umbrellas. There are also many tea shops and restaurants.
The price of things at Qian Men is generally towards the expensive side. Souvenirs start off as expensive, but you have to haggle prices with the clerks, if you can. However, some stores don't allow bargaining. The tea shop we went to were more expensive than the other ones outside the area. Some restaurants are also very expensive; we went into Gou Bu Li dumpling shop, and they were close to 20 yuan per dumpling. But some of the other smaller restaurants are cheaper, we stopped at one that sold multiple dumplings for less than 20 yuan.
Part of the Beijing 2011 travel blog
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