Duration: 2-3 hours
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If you like cultural-style shopping (if there is such a thing), come to Wangfujing Street. This tour brings you this famous shopping and cultural street. Prepare to shop!
Wangfujing subway station
Exit Wangfujing subway station from Line 1, and you will see the entrance of Wangfujing Street.
Wangfujing Street is the pride of Beijing. It was established in the 15th Century, during the Ming Dynasty. Now Wangfujing Street has been changed to a commercial pedestrian street. It is 810 metres long and 12 metres wide. Wangfujing Street is not only a shopping street, it is also a cultural street.
Wangfujing Art Crafts Department Store is the next stop. Keep going along the street, you will see it the store on your right hand side.
Wangfujing Art Crafts Department Store is an amazing store. You will find all kinds of Chinese art and crafts and they are guaranteed to be hand-made and real. For example, you will find beautiful Chinese silk fans, luxury Chinese embroidery, delicate snuff bottles, expensive jade jewellery and decorations. If you like authentic Chinese art and crafts make sure that your wallet is full enough, because you cannot bargain in this department store. Some of the crafts are very expensive.
After shopping in the Art Crafts Department Store, you might feel a little bit hungry. Don’t worry. At the other side of street, opposite the store, there is a famous Beijing food corridor.
Are you ready for real Beijing food? This Beijing food corridor is very famous. Not just tourists eat there, but Beijing local people like to eat there as well. You can find everything there. Just remember, try it even if you have never seen it before. All the food is guaranteed clean and all the restaurants are licensed. If you don’t try things, you will miss out on yummy food.
After eating yummy Beijing food, just keep walking along this beautiful street about 5 minutes, you will see a old style brick building on your left hand side. This is the eldest department store in Beijing- Wangfujing Department Store.
Wangfujing Department Store was a privately-owned store before 1950. After the Chinese Revolution, this department store became the first government-owned department store. Wangfujing Department Store is not famous for what it sells, its famous for its customer service. Its brand name is more valuable than the commodities it sells.
Keep walking for about two minutes, you will see many small stores on your right hand side.
Those stores are very special and they are precious. Every company has been established for over 100 years, some more than 200 years. For example, Dabei Photographer was the most popular photographer in the 1950s. Even Chairman Mao, Prime Minister Zhou and all China’s famous generals have had photos taken there. Another store is called Reifuxiang, which is famous for selling clothing fabric. It started its business in the Qing Dynasty. All of these old companies are the pride of China.
Keep walking until you reach the end of Wangfujing Street. At your right hand side, there is a modern building, which is a department store called New Dongan Department Store.
The old one was called Dongan Market. It was a market doing wholesale business. After it was acquired by a government-owned organisation, it was redecorated and changed into New Dongan Department Store. This department store focuses on selling luxury products. Any big brand you can think of, you will find it in there. It doesn’t matter if you don’t buy anything there; it is a huge department store which is worth a visit just to have a look.