The liveliest street of Beijing is also the most commercial one. This means that, instead of one hour we would need… one week (or several...).
In its beginning there are looooooooots of shops.
Well… maybe not lots of them, but biiiiiiiiiiig shops anyway.
All right, they were not so big, but they were veeeeeeeeeeery interesting.
OK, OK! They may not be so interesting, but they were there, you know!
- Please, Fernanda, let me have at least a glance of the street.
- Wait! I still miss 5 blouses, two pants, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 bracelets… I think I’m missing something, I'd better start over again!
I try not to worry. In Portugal I will see the details in Banu’s photos.
Wangfujing is a famous shopping district for tourists. A few locals including my local friend admitted that they do not come here for shopping as they see it a very expensive place to be. There are a lot famous branded shops along this street like Forever 21, H&M, ZARA, Apple store etc. This is also where you can find the night market (snack street) which offers a variety of common and exotic food (i.e. fried scorpions).
I didn't shop much- just a few souvenirs (agree, it's expensive) but one shop called my attention (not able to get the name, it's in Chinese), sells a variety of snacks, sweets, etc. that only Chinese people can appreciate.. I bought some goodies here and brought to my families and friends back home- just gave them an example of weird stuff.
Wangfujing is one of the most popular shopping street in Beijing, China. Lined with many interesting shops selling everything from fashion, traditional arts, ornaments and delicious local food, Wangfujing is a great place for casual shopping and sightseeing of the rich Chinese history/impressive traditional buildings.
And do not forget to visit the night market at Wangfujing for the great local snacks and beautiful night view too.
The location of Wangfujing is as follows:
the main touristy shopping area of Beijing with assorted luxury foreign and local brands that you can find and is a major shopping area of Beijing Since the Ming Dynasty Times. This is where the Beijing Department Store and Mall and the Dongan Mall, where all the international luxe boutiques have branches and also various shops and stalls and restaurants and food stalls were you can shop and eat to your heart's content. It boundaries start from Wangfujing Nankou ("south entrance"), where the Oriental Plaza and the Beijing Hotel are located and the Wangfujing Subway Station north exits. The street then heads north, passing the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore, the Beijing Department Store as well as the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore before ending at the Sun Dong An Plaza and St. Joseph's Church. There is also a famous Night Market here that starts from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am where you can buy local stuff and eat local street food.
most stores open at 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, night market at 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Wang Fu Jing Avenue, Dong Cheng District, Beijing
Wangfujing Street is the famous shopping street for the locals and tourists. Not only they have big department stores (Chinese Styles), but also have a food street that sell Beijing snacks including bugs and insects with four feets. A lot of the Chinese tourists like to eat to bugs and insects, I could not understand why? I found it strange, and I did not dear to try them. Other than that, this would be a great place to get inexpensive souvenirs.
If you are looking for branded goods, shop at nearby " Oriental's Square".
This is Beijing's version of Orchard Road in Singapore or Nanjing Road in Shanghai.
In Chinese: 王府井 (Wong Fu Jing)
Wangfujing Street is very close to Tiananmen Square and it is closed to traffic in evening hours. You can find shopping malls, shops and restaurants on the street. There is also a snack street and night market close to this street. It is busy during day and night. You can take the metro to reach Wangfujing easily.
Wangfujing is now considered the central heart of the city. Certainly from Wangfujing all areas of Beijing are easily accessible. Wangfujing is a fairly long street. A walk from end to end would take you about 30 minutes, and that's without looking at any shops. The street has two major shopping malls, one of which, Oriental Plaza, sprawls a further 2 blocks to the east (and another 15 minute walk). Wangfujing street is also home to a number of large department stores, souvenir stores, and whole side streets full of food stalls, Chinese painting stores and other goodies.
The main wangfujing street is the modern one with the Oriental plaza, book stores, international brands shops and restaurants.
Check out the "snack street" on the north side of Donghuamen Dajie, east of Wangfujing street... it is more interesting to find traditional chinese foods, snacks, or souvenirs. This small street start from the wangfujing (chinese) gate.
There are several large book stores at Wangfujing and Xitan.
These bookstores are large and multi-storey. Great place to get maps and learning Chnese books. And of course for buying postcards. Nowadays, there are smaller bookstores sprouting all over Beijing.
Usually, there is an English section but most books are in Chinese. Plastic bags are not offered but books are tied up together with string for easy carrying.
In Shanghai, we have Nanjing Lu. In Guangzhou, we have Beijign Lu. In Beijing, we have Wangfujing Lu.
Wangfujing, which has a subway of the same name, is the most popular tourist pedestrian mall in Beijing. It is busy dayand night with many shops, book stores, restaurants and shopping mall.
There is an adjoing Wangfujing Food Street that has is also world famous for the different types of Beijing street food.
Definitely a must-visit place even just to stroll along.
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.
Wang Fu Jing Avenue, or the "walking street", is lined with shops selling everything from women's fashions to eyeglasses and Chinese tea. There are several shopping centres like the Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza , and Wang Fu Jing Department Store. Running parallel to Wang Fu Jing Avenue are Dong Dan Bei and Dong Si Nan Avenues, with a high concentration of small restaurants, shops and boutiques. Evening shoppers should not miss Dong An Men Avenue where a variety of street food-stalls sell everything from noodles to dumplings. If feeling brave, try the Deep-Fried Scorpion or Grasshopper.