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Why Qianmen Main Street Mall is special ?
Qianmen Avenue starts from Qianmen (the Zhengyang Gate), which is the central front gate of inner city (downtown) of Beijing. Its end to the south is Yongdingmen (the Yongding Gate), the central front gate of outer city of Beijing. The avenue overlaps a lane of the central axis of Beijing, which is highly thought by architecture community as a miracle of city construction history. Qianmen Avenue is the center of Nancheng (the South City). After Manchu entering Shanhaiguan in 1644 and taking control of Beijing, they inhabited in inner city, and forced local Han groups moving south outside of Qianmen. That is the area of Nancheng. People concentrated within a small area and business bloomed. Qianmen area became the commercial center of old Beijing. The avenue itself was prosperous, while those streets or lanes linking with it got profit from the association too. Qianmen Avenue has developed all the time. After renovation a few years ago, the avenue is now a scenic commercial region, showing the style of Dynasty Ming and Qing.
Qianmen Main Street, Beijing, China
Basically this place is a market, traditional and modern. The main street filled with international brands housed in a unique chinese traditional building.There's also street foods and local restaurants. It's a good place to try beijing's local food.This place is within the area of tiananmen square and forbidden city.
The rebuilt main Qianmen Street may look somewhat like a very carefully developed pedestrian mall in a mid-size American city--clean streets, light crowds that include many international tourists, old building facades and recognizable brands (in this case, mostly Chinese food, clothing and restaurant brands from pre-revolutionary days), nice eateries, moderate over-pricing--but I think it stands for something more. For better or worse, it points to the future when Chinese folk crafts will be too expensive for most tourists to buy and instead Westerners will shop in Beijing mainly for foods and reproductions of pre and post revolutionary art and artifacts (as seen in the Cathay bookstore on east side of the street). Especially liked the "Taiwan" section of blocks on the east side of the street (with the below-ground-level eateries) and the smaller shops in the alleys on the west side of the street.
If you are interested in seeing how generic shopping malls are infiltrating to all parts of the world, take a stroll it is pedestrianized so it is not a stressful stroll full of shops like H and M that you can find anywhere Currenlty less than half the facades are couupied but i suspect that will change soon
Basically this place is a market, traditional and modern. The main street filled with international brands housed in a unique chinese traditional building.There's also street foods and local restaurants. It's a good place to try beijing's local food. This place is within the area of tiananmen square and forbidden city.