Wangfujing Shopping Street

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Wangfujing, located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, is one of the Chinese capital's most famous shopping streets. Much of the road is off-limits to cars and other motor vehicles, and it is not rare to see the entire street full of people.

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Wangfujing Shopping Street
Wangfujing Shopping Street

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" (aristocratic residence), "Jing" (well). In 1903, Dong'an market was formed.

Wangfujing Shopping Street
Wangfujing Shopping Street

For many years, the shopping street of Wangfujing has been the pride of Beijing. Its glass facades are perhaps not that remarkable in today's Beijing, but the selection of products ranks among the city's most exclusive and it is said that Wangfujing is Beijing's only pedestrian street.

Wangfujing Shopping Street
Wangfujing Shopping Street

There are three large markets on this street: Sun Dong An Plaza, Beijing Department Store and The Malls at Oriental Plaza. They all sell mostly designer's clothes but you will also find jewellery, make up, wines and spirits, tea shops, cafes and a whole bunch of Chinese and Western fast food restaurants. The Malls at Oriental Plaza is known as one of the largest markets in Asia.

How to get Wangfujing Street

Address:Wangfujing Dajie Dongcheng district

Subway:Line 1, Station: Wangfujing (preferably exit A), approximately 6 minutes walk to Wangfujing

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