Wangfujing Street is the busiest street in Beijing. Many people, most of them are from foreign countries and local region in China, enjoy shopping at big shopping malls in this street.
You can find various kind of Chinese foods around the street. Xiao Chi Street, across from Wangfujing Book Center, provides you with Chinese first foods such as Noodles, kebobs and steamed breads etc... Many outdoor stalls open along the street at night. It's one of institutions of this street.
Wether you want to eat street food or not, Dongganmen Yeshi is worth a visit. It is an eveing food market, which gets going from 6 to 9 pm. All sorts of exotic eats are available, including deep-fried scorpion, grasshopper, silk worms, starfish or caterpillar kebabs. It's also a good place to try typical street food, like fried dumplings, sticky rice in lotus leaves, fried noodles, etc. The nightmarket is at the northern end of Wangfujing near Xindongan Plaza. Just look for a long row of street stalls with red lanterns, you can't miss it.
"Wangfujing". A shopping street that provides a variety of purchases from designer goods all the way from Italy to the local version of Armani. At one quick glance I actually thought that Armani was on sale when I saw a familiar logo with the big 'SALE' sign.
If you have enough time, explore the smaller shops and outlet that sometimes offer local products are really cheap and reasonable price. There are also gift shops which has a fix price of RMB 10 for all the products displayed. I bought miniature tea set for RMB10 : )
However, beware of pick pockets while indulging yourself in the shopping paradise. Also you may encounter elderly woman standing by the street whispering in Mandarin " spy camera for sale " . At first I was shocked but somehow spending few hours in Wangfujing and having heard this whispers again and again when I walked past them doesn't seemed to border me anymore as I continue packing my bags with good stuff.
When you walk down Beijing most famous pedestrian zone Wnagfujin with its large department stores and western (very pricy) shops, then don't miss to stroll into the small street to your right (when going south). There are some very narrow side alley, where food stands, noodle kitchens and small shops open only in the evening.
Admitted: even these narrow streets are touristy and the items to buy are typical tourist souvenirs and you nee to bargain hard if you want to buy any of those things. But even if you decide that you dont want to buy BBQ-ed sea-horses, another tea cup or silky pillow cases it is fun to walk through these colourful isles.
Very good are the sugar-coated fruit sticks (some apples, oranges and other fruit on a stick, coated with sugar syrup), which you can buy there as well as in most "people-attracting" locations in China. Price is 1-2 Yuan.
Our Hotel is at the northern end of Wangfujing Street and we passed through Wangfujing Street many times during the 4 days we were in Beijing.
The activities in Wangfujing Street is more active at night when part of the road is closed for pedestrain.
Essentially, the shops' prices are high and bargaining is required. I didn't buy anything much there except for an couple of books from one of the bookstore.
There was a delicious BreadTalk store in one of the Shopping Mall that is linked to the Wangfujing Subway. The store was jammed packed.
It is a commercial street and a walking street, too. cars are not permitted.
The art articles along the street are worth seeing.
You can find tourist gifts like silk clothing, or small crafts, but be cautious of the traps. Always negotiate with those prices until you feel good.
But no needs of negotiatiions in shopping malls. maybe ask for 10% discount since some salesgirls have discount card of the shop and you can borrow it if you can smile at and talk them to do so. After all, they want you to buy something so that their bonus will rise with their saleing amount.
In the heart of Beijing are the WangFuJing Pedestrian Mall (with its 7 level XinDonGan Dept Store) and the Oriental Plaza (with its US$200 shirts).
The pedestrian mall is a great place for a having a beer and people watching.
This night market has to be seen to be believed. Food includes familiar fried and roasted meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruit, alongside hearts, brains, stomach and other innards. Specialities: sparrows, scorpions, crickets and silkworm grubs.
There are many food stalls on the street offer different kinds of local snacks/food and desserts. People at the stalls calling you to try all the time. It's hard to resist not to try one when you are there.
The main commercial street in Beijing. My how things have changed. Massive shopping malls line both sides of the streets as locals flitter away new found disposable income.
Though perhaps indistinguisable from many streets in HK or Taiwan, a stroll down Wong Fu Jing gives an interesting perspective on how things are changing in China...
Wangfujing, 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. The recently finished Oriental Plaza (Dongfang Guangchang) adds more charm to Wangfujing.
Wanfujing Dajie, the big shopping street near the center of the city (SW side). It's a really really busy glitzy street, something akin to Shanghai. Overpriced stuff but good sightseeing. Watch out for 'art students' who will invite you to see their work - they'll close you in a room and finagle you to buy a piece so they can go on a trip, yet somehow they never really go anywhere and keep scamming tourists...
In the evenings it's fun to cruise the food stalls and sample the xiaochi (little snacks). If you're adventurous you can try the skewered silkworms, grasshoppers and/or scorpions. I really honestly liked the scorpions, but I don't think you're supposed to eat the stinger (a bunch of people laughed at me as I was pulling it out of the roof of my mouth).
Also, I wouldn't buy too many things at Wangfujing until you've gone to some of the other less glitzy market areas.
For your great shopping in Beijing...go to Wangfujing, just one station away from Tiananmen Subway Station.
Un lugar muy buenos para comenzar a conocer la cuidad de beigin, tiene tiendas de todos los tipos, restaurantes