Qianmen Dajie (Qianmen Street or Front Door Main Street), known as Zhengyangmen Dajie (Facing the Sun Gate Street) during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, is one of the oldest and most famous commercial streets in Beijing, China. Recently restored and reopened in 2008 after almost two years work, decorated in “old Beijing” style to resemble a late Qing Dynasty street scene Qianmen Dajie has since become a popular tourist attraction.
I went here at 10:34 a.m. CST on July 6, 2012. This was during my third time in China, the first international country on my list.
Qianmen Dajie represents the traditional Beijing street with modern twists and featuring time honored shops, including Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant. Beijing operates two trams or dangdang che which runs from opposite ends. 84 visitors at a time can ride for free and crossing the more than 800 meters street will take about 10 minutes.
How to get to Qianmen Dajie
Take Beijing Subway Line 2, get off at Qianmen Station either from southwest or southeast exits, and walk towards Qianmen Dajie.
Take any of the Bus Routes 5, 17, 20, 22, 48, 59, 66, 120, 126, 203, 301, 646, 723, 726, 729, 744, 803, 819, or 826 and get off at Qianmen Xi or Dong Stations.
Coordinates: 39°53’36″N 116°23’31″E