Wangfujing Street – A Must Visit!
If you are planning your vacation trip to Beijing, China, you should include Wangfujing Street on your list. This famous Beijing Street can trace its roots to the Yuan Dynasty from the late 1200s to 1300s but it only became the hottest commercial area during the Qing Dynasty. Wangfujing literally means Prince’s Mansion Well where a well of sweet water was discovered near the dwelling place of the aristocrats of that time. Since Wangfujing Street was and still is closely identified with those that belong to high society, it is no wonder why this 700 year old commercial street has gained its notoriety as a place to shop for anything fashionable. When the People’s Republic of China was established, Wangfujing Street remained Beijing City’s symbolical landmark for all things related to commercialized trading.
It was in the 1980s when Wangfujing Street become the top choice for anyone who loves shopping. This is the reason why Wangfujing Department Store has been thought of as the biggest and most fashionable place to shop when you are in Beijing. Your head will spin when you decide to look at the number of shoppers that frequent this place. In just a day alone, an average of one million visitors walk around this busy street. It will take you a long time to go and visit the 200 shops that line Wangfujing Street. The municipal government of Beijing has recognized its potential as a source of revenue that they have made it their top priority to renovate the main street from its former glory days. You can see how the present Wangfujing shopping district has evolve into something that can rival even such famous shopping districts around the world such as New York, Tokyo and Paris.
Sightseers would be glad to take snap shots of the wondrous things to see in this shopping district in the heart of Beijing. Tourists usually gravitate towards the sculptures that reflect the old Beijing which was formally opened in 2000. Pictures of how the royalties lived in the past and how common people looked during the Ming and Qing dynasties are displayed for anyone who is interested to take snap shots of something that relates to the ancient way of life in Beijing.
It is a pleasure to see Wangfujing Street’s Night Market where you can have your food tasting to your heart’s delight of Chinese delicacies such as Peking duck, fried rice, and some uncommonly strange food as fried insects for those who are that adventurous enough to give it a try. Wangfujing Snack Street only comes to life at 6p.m., a haven for those who are searching for Chinese souvenirs and mini marts.
Sun Dong An Market Plaza was built to replace the old Dong An Market completely changing the total look of Wangfujing Street ushering in the changes brought about by the demand to modernize Wangfujing. As a result of this total renovation, you can enjoy taking part in a paint ball game inside this shopping center. Sun Do An Market Plaza has imported Cineplex from the United States should you decided to watch a movie after a tiring day shopping around Wangfujing. For those who love extreme sports, you can bungee jump in the Bungee Towers near the old Catholic Church in Beijing.
You can also stop by to see the interiors of the Wangfujing Catholic Church which is locally known as the Eastern Church since Beijing is the predominant religion being practice there is Daoism and Buddhism. Even though this Eastern Church was destroyed because of earthquakes it was still rebuild and was re-open to the public in 1980. Those who love the Romanesque architectural style will love how this church showcases such a grandiose design.
Last Words On Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing has its fair share of surrounding luxury hotels for those who can afford them. They are the Grand Hyatt Beijing, Hilton Beijing, The Regent Beijing and Beijing International Hotel which is closely located near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The Capital Hotel was the official sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. There are also other types of hotels for those who want to stick to their budget. These are some of the reasons why Wangfujing Street is the best place to shop when you are in Beijing, China.
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