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 !!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little boothes covered by red and white striped canopies one right next to the other line as far as the eye can see. There is a wide variety of food here, much of which originates from Xinjiang province, such as squid, fish, crab, chicken and lamb kebabs. For the more adventurous diners there are scorpions and other bug kebabs. Besides the many varieties of meat kebabs you can get sugar coated fruit kebabs, soups, fried dumplings, sweets, noodles, drinks, and much much more. Even if you are not planning on eating here, this place is worth a visit just to explore all of the interesting critters on display.
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!
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...
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.
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.
Un lugar muy buenos para comenzar a conocer la cuidad de beigin, tiene tiendas de todos los tipos, restaurantes
For your great shopping in Beijing...go to Wangfujing, just one station away from Tiananmen Subway Station.