Xidan Commercial Street
Commercial Street is on Xidanbei Dajie, west of
Tiananmen Square and is famous for commerce, entertainment,
dinning, and finance and so forth. Like Wangfujing,
you also can see modern and old stores here.
a seven hundred-year-old commercial street, is located
to the east of Tiananmen Square and stretches from
Chinese Art Gallery to the Dongchan'an Avenue. It
houses a wide variety of shops and boutiques where
you can find all kinds of commodities.
Besides modern department stores, the Foreign Language
Bookstore is also in this area. The Old-Beijing-Street
is now seated underground, which was built and decorated
in Ming and Qing style. The most popular sites for
souvenir photos are the sculptures on both street
sides, reflecting life of old Beijing.
oldest commercial street in Beijing is Dasilan,
the most famous and peculiar prosperous street.
Its history can be traced back to five hundred and
eighty years ago when the Emperor ordered to build
fences to prevent thieves from hiding. The fences
built here were quite peculiar and kept for a long
time. Later, Big Fences became the name of this
street: Dashilan. You can buy some traditional handcrafts
was reconstructed in 1984 and it adapted a Ching
Dynasty architectural style. It is located on the
southern side of Shinhwa Street, where there are
many antique stores, bookstores, furniture stores
and even handicraft and porcelain stores. Each store
specializes in one item only. Liulichang has been
loved by literary men for over 200 years, and many
foreigners who love the Chinese culture visit this
place. There is much construction going on at Liulichang
Silk Alley (Xiushui
Alley lies in Xiushuidong Jie off Jianguomenwai
Dajie, near US Embassy. It is a good place to
buy cheaper goods and the resident foreigners
in Beijing come here frequently. Whatever you
want to buy, like bags, shoes, handicrafts or
sweaters, you can bargain with the owners.