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Wangfujing

Wangfujing
Prince's Mansion Well, Wangfu Well
Deep-fried starfish (海星) for sale as a seafood at Wangfujing snack street

Wangfujing (Chinese: 王府井; pinyin: Wángfǔjǐng; literally: "Prince's Mansion Well") is one of the famous local snack street and night market, located in Dongcheng District, Beijing, China. The majority of the main area is pedestrianised and very popular shopping place for both tourists and residents of the capital. 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" (princely residence), "Jing" (well). Many exotic foods are served on Wangfujing snack street.[1]

Contents

  • Location 1
  • History 2
  • Stores 3
  • Food and snacks 4
  • Transport 5
    • Local transit 5.1
  • Gallery 6
  • See also 7
  • External links 8
  • References 9

Location

The large paifang (牌坊) marking Wangfujing snack street

It starts from Wangfujing Nankou ("south entrance"), where the Oriental Plaza and the Beijing Hotel are located and the Wangfujing Subway Station north exits. The street 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 and St. Joseph's Church

History

The name of Wangfujing (王府井) is derived from Wangfu Well

The street was also previously known as Morrison Street in English, after the Australian journalist Liulichang.

Until the late 1990s, the street was open to traffic. 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) are also located on the street.

Food and snacks

Deep fried scorpion (蝎子) and seahorse (海马) on a stick at Wangfujing snack street

The Wangfujing snack street, located in hutongs just west of the main street, is densely packed with restaurants and street food stalls. The food stalls serves a wide variety of common and exotic street food. More common fare such as chuanr (meat kebabs, commonly made of lamb) and desserts, such as tanghulu or candied fruits on a stick, are among the most popular.

Further north and perpendicular to Wangfujing is Donghuamen Street, which has a night food market of its own.

Transport

Local transit

The Wangfujing Station of Beijing Subway Line 1 is located at the intersection of Wangfujing Street and Chang'an Avenue.

Gallery

See also

External links

  • Old brands of Beijing (Chinese)
  • Wangfujing Website

References

  1. ^ Latimer D. (2014) The Improbable Beijing Guidebook, Sinomaps, Beijing, ISBN 978-7-5031-8451-2, p.52
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