In most travel guides, Wangfujing Street is advertised as “The capital of Beijing’s shopping”
I must admit that I found Wangfujing Street to be too modern for my liking and I did not feel as though I was in China!
Modern buildings, up market restaurants and chick stores are all on offer here but I did not go Beijing to do shopping that I could do at home.
Having said that, Anne and I found a fantastic optometrist shop to have perscription glasses manufactured. Anne had her eyes tested, a new pair of eye glasses manufactured and the lenses replaced in her existing pair for AUS$120.00! BARGAIN!!!
The optometrist shop is at the Taxi stand end of the street and on the opposite side of the road. It is the only optometrist there.
The night market also sells fantastic desserts, rice meals and fresh vegetables etc.
Pancakes, deep fried ice cream, flat bread, shrimp and fruit platters seem to be a favorite of the tourists.
Anne and I enjoyed the dumplings, deep fried ice cream and the rice custards. Anne particularly enjoyed “hamming it up” with the local stall holders. This seemed to work as Anne’s portions were always larger and fancier than mine!
Situated just off Wangfujing Street, DONG’AN MEN DAJIE is famous for its night market.
This night market sells just about anything you thought could be eaten, and anything that you thought should not be eaten, on a stick! These items are all served up as traditional Chinese “snacks” and include such delicacies as seahorses, Star fish, Shark, Eel, brains, Squid, Snake, Scorpions, Beetles, Grasshoppers and just about anything else that was not quick enough on the day!
St. Joseph's Church (also called the East Church) is an attractive Catholic Church on WangFuJing Street, just north of the pedestrian shopping area. The present church was built in 1904, replacing an earlier church that had been destroyed during the Boxer rebellion. The site has been the location of a Catholic church since the 1600s, when the emperor gave the land to the Jesuits. The original church was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1700s, and its replacement was gutted by fire in the 1800s and then destroyed again in the Boxer Rebellion.
The church is open to the public. However, the services are only conducted in Mandarin and Latin. At night, the church is beautifully lit with golden-colored lights, and makes for an interesting contrast with the commercial signage of WangFuJing's shopping district.
A large pedestrian street in central Beijing. This area was always very busy when we were here. There are shops, market stalls, food outlets and places to purchase food from the street too. You can wander down here for ages, especially if you enjoy shopping!
Wanfunjing durante el día, además de la actividad normal en los centros comerciales y en las grandes tiendas tiene una calle peatonal llena de color y actividad en la que puedes comprar souvenirs Chinos y tomar un aperitivo en los puestos de la calle, normales o exóticos, dependiendo de tu gusto
Wanfunjing during the day besides the normal activity in the shopping centres and in the big shops has a pedestrian street full of colour and activity where you may buy China souvenirs and take an snack in the street stalls , normal or exotic , depending on your tastes
En esta zona llena de tiendas y centros comerciales en cuanto anochece se encienden las luces y se abren los puestos de comidas ,con auténticas tapas Chinas , donde puedes comer desde frutas caramelizadas , tofu , maíz , calamares ...hasta los más exóticos bocados saltamontes , estrellas de mar , alacranes ...
Los puestos dan sensación de limpieza y es un buen sitio para comer algo , que dependerá de tus ganas de tener nuevas experiencias
On this area full of shops and malls as it gets dark , the lights are switch on and they open the food stalls , with authentic Chinese tapas, where you can eat from caramelized fruit, tofu, corn, squid ... to the more exotic snacks as grasshoppers, sea stars , scorpions ...
The stalls look clean and it is a good place to eat something , that will depend on your desire to have new experiences
This is not Fear Factor... This food alley is found around Wangfujin. I wouldn't even dare to take a close look at those fried little snakes on sticks.... I will not advise you all to try unless you want to brag to your friends that you dare to try them. I don't think they will taste good also. Nevertheless, this is a good place to visit and take photos.
At the end of WangFuJing street you can eat some gross stuff, like:
- scorpions (big-50RMB and small-15RMB),
- sea horses,
- bugs, cockroaches, etc.
All this food does not smell nice and is not tasty and is not that cheap. But it`s worth trying, at least so you can brag later in front of your friends how you ate a scorpion. I know I did. :-)
This is an exciting place to be day or night. It is one of the largest malls I have certainly been to with its rows of shops, department stores (with a number of levels), huge displays, lots of noise and of course, people.
The main business street - Wangfujing is in several minutes of walking from "Forbidden city". At the left side there is a shop number 1, once the biggest in Pekin, behind it - the main shop of children's toys, further - the well-known tea shop.
Wangfujing the pedestrian mall / shopping street doesnt really interest me. Except for one thing --- the exotic food fair.
There's a row of permanent stalls that sell barbecued critters worthy of Fear Factor, along the 2nd street (I think) to the left off Wangfujing.
The photos that I have here are from a (temporary) food fair that was held one sunday. We looked, we tried, we conquered.
It seems that tour books hype up certain area's of the city for just plain nothing....and this is one of the spots.....there really isn't anything special about this street.....the only thing it's a pedestrain street...but besides that there nothing here you'll won't find in any other parts of the city.....no worth the hype !!!!!!
For a budget traveller like myself, all i could do was walk the stretch of Wangfujing road and windowshop, buy a bottle of beer or a cup of coffee at starbux and just watch people walking by. There's a famous restaurant somewhere that serves really good peking duck. If I remember it right, its at the end near Starbucks and Crowne Plaza. Chinese men (and women) approaching you on the street saying "Massajii,....beautiful Chinese girls. You want Massajii?" were pretty annoying (or pretty but annoying). Just ignore them, unless of course your'e interested. Noisy ,busy street....but interesting.
This is perhaps the most exciting single street in the city. It's filled with shopping areas, tourist traps, restaurants, and some shadier areas. Many food stands line the road, as well as the giant Wangfujing bookstore, and of course, the Xindongan Mall. It's possible to walk the entire street from Dongchangan Street to Wusi St. in 15-20 minutes, but it's a good idea to stop at a lot of different areas along the way. Just a word of warning: the lower level of the Xindongan Market contains a tourist trap type of souvenir center, where everything is horribly overpriced. Try somewhere else.