Beijing Silk Street (Xiushui Street)
Silk Street accommodates over 1,000 retail vendors in the market. It is the one of the symbols in Beijing together with the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and roast duck. Replacing the old Xiushui Market, the current Silk Street was open on March 19, 2005. The new Silk Street has enlarged its scale of business, adding traditional Chinese handicrafts, antiques, calligraphy, carpets, paintings, hand-knit dresses, toys, trinkets, and fine jewelry. Reputable establishments such as the Tongrentang Pharmacy, Quanjude Peking Roast Duck restaurant, and multi-national coffee and restaurant chains such as Lavazza, SPR Coffee, Subway have their shops there.
Bus Route: 1, 4, 9, 28, 37, 43, 120, 126, 205, 639, 640, 668, 673, 728, 729, 802, 810 (get off at Yonganli Stop)
Subway: Line 1 (get off at Yonganli Stop)
Opening hour: 9:30 ~ 21:00
Qianmen Street is one of the oldest and most famous commercial streets with a 500 year old history. As an ancient street in Beijing, it is an assembly place of time honored shops, including Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Du Yi Chu Shao Mai. Now, this street is under reconstruction. It is predicted that the whole project will be finished at the end of this year. But don"t be disappointed: most of the time honored shops will be back in this street by then. Visitors will also be surprised to find that the street will be re-built as it was in the 1920s, when it was extremely prosperous. Furthermore, trolley cars will re-appear in the street, after being absent for 40 years. Visitors can get on the car and view the street for free.
Bus Route: 5, 17, 20, 22, 48, 59, 66, 120, 126, 203, 301, 646, 723, 726, 729, 744, 803, 819, 826 (get off at Qianmen Stop)
Subway: Line 2 (get off at Qianmen Stop)
Starting from Dongdan in the south to Dongsi in the north, Silver Street is a modern street for beauty lovers. It is a gathering placefor exotic fashions. Liz Jane Shopping Center, Longfu Plaza and plentyof franchised stores can offer you all the famous brand names, such as Puma, Liz & Jane, Adidas and Girddar.
Bus Route: 1, 4, 10, 20, 25, 37, 39, 41, 52, 106, 111, 116, 684, 685, 728, 802, 814 (get off at Dongdan Stop)
Subway: Line 1, Line 5 (get off at Dongdan Stop)
Beijing Hongqiao Market
It is a well known market dealing with pearls around the world.More than 1,000,000 visitors come to Hongqiao Market to buy pearls yearly. Eventhe former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been to Hongqiao Marketthree times as she was very impressed with the beautiful pearls. Apart from pearls,the market also offers seafood, digital products and silk.
Location: No.46, Tiantan Dong Lu, Chongwen District
Bus Route: 6, 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 43, 60, 106, 116, 723, 743, 821 (get off atFahuasi Stop)
This 700-year-old commercial street is 810 meters (0.5 miles) long and 40 meters (43.7 yards) wide. It is the busiest street in Beijing and there are 600,000 people every day come and go in the street and on holidays, the number can rise to 1,200,000. The first famous business zone in Beijing houses a wide variety of shops and boutiques where you find commodities, some of which are of world-famous brands. Apart from that, there are also many time honored stores with traditional commodities standing in the street for hundreds of years. Nowadays Wangfujing Street is a modern commercial street which is said to be the sister street of the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Bus Route: 10, 20, 37, 41, 59, 120, 126, 203, 205, 420, 802 (get off at Wangfujing Stop)
Subway: Line 1 (get off at Wangfujing Stop)
Beijing Lady"s Street
Operation of the street covers clothing, general merchandise and shoes and hats, and mainly includes items imported from Guangzhou, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as other international fare. Especially the clothes in South Korean and Japanese style are very popular in Women Street. It is believed to be the place that you can find anything you might want.
Bus Route: 405, 416, 421, 659, 942 (get off at Maizidian Xijie Stop)
Xin Jie Kou
Located in Xicheng District, Xin Jie Kou is a street crowded with stores selling digital products, including TV sets, tape recorders, cameras and video recorders. Comparing with other commercial streets, you can buy the one you like at the best price. Except for that, the little shops offering clothes in unique style are welcomed by the locals. Recently, many modern emporiums tower in the street, making Xin Jie Kou more prosperous.
Bus Route: 105, 111, 22, 38, 47, 709, 726, 806, 808, 826 (get off at Xin Jie Kou Stop)
Beijing Xidan Commercial Street
Xidan Commercial Street consists mainly of food markets, clothes stores and commodities. The street is an international, modern, commercial combination of shopping, dining, recreation and culture. The center part of the commercial street is an entertainment square. There are a great variety of activity places prepared for you underground from the square, including a cinema, bowling alley, swimming pool and even an indoor rock climbing wall. There are also many modern buildings like the Xidan Department Store, the Xidan Shopping Center and the Chung You Department Store which can offer you middle and high class fashions, cosmetics and other goods. You can find many special counters for well known, world-wide brand names, such as Dior, LV, Chanel and Gucci. They will certainly dazzle your eyes. There are many entertainment places along the street, such as the Beijing Concert Hall and the Capital Cinema.
Bus Route: 1, 4, 10, 15, 22, 37, 47, 52, 102, 105, 109, 603, 604, 726, 728, 808, 826 (get off at Xidan Stop)
Subway: Line 1, Line 4 (get off at Xidan Stop)
Da Shi Lar
Lying to the northwest of Qianmen Street, Da Shi Lar is also a busy street in Xuanwu District. The street was named as Lang Fang Si Tiao in the past. It is 300 meters (328 yards) long but a bit narrow. Both sides of the street are crowded with stores which are busy with visitors coming and going everyday. As a flourishing old street, there are many special time honored shops passed down from older generations. Tongrentang Chinese Herbal Medicine Pharmacy, which was opened in 1669 is the most famous pharmacy for Chinese herbal medicine in the country. Ruifuxiang Silk and Leather Store which started in 1893 offers all kinds of beautiful high quality silk. Da Shi Lar is also under reconstruction and will be open to the public by the end of this year.
Bus Route: 2, 20, 48, 59, 120, 729, 744, 803, 819, 826 (get off at Dashilan Stop)
The street is outside Jianguomen. Benefiting from its geographical position, the street is a busy one and popular with visitors at home and aboard. The famous Friendship Store and Scitech Plaza are all located in the street. Apart from that, there are a number of modern hotels, office buildings and apartment towers on both sides of Jianguomenwai Street.
Bus Route: 25, 39, 43, 44, 52, 122, 434, 457, 637, 638, 750, 800 (get off at Jianguomen Stop)
Subway: Line 1 (get off at Jianguomen Stop)