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Beijing Wangfujing Shopping Street

Beijing Wangfujing Shopping Street

Written by GavinUpdated Oct. 26, 2021

Wangfujing is one of the most famous shopping streets, not only in Beijing but in all of China.

It is anchored by large upscale shopping malls at each end of the pedestrian mall. The street is a shopper's paradise, filled with shops selling paintings and traditional Chinese arts and crafts, trendy boutiques and upscale chain stores as well as restaurants serving everything from McDonald's cuisine to Peking Duck.

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Beijing Department Store

Beijing WangfujingBeijing Department Store

Take time to wander through Beijing Department Store, at one time a dowdy place to shop by foreign standards but popular with middle-class Chinese of decades past. 

Renovated in recent years, Beijing Department Store is now trendy and upscale, rivaling almost anything you'll find in Manhattan. Still displaying a wide variety of merchandise, the store remains ever popular with Chinese shoppers.

The Foreign Languages Bookstore

WangfujingThe Snack Street in Wangfujing Shopping Area

Just up the street from the Beijing Department Store is another Wangfujing landmark: the Foreign Languages Bookstore. 

The store sells books, art supplies, videos and CDs on several floors, but the street level is the place to buy coffee table books about China in a variety of languages as well as cookbooks and books to help you learn the Chinese language.

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A Bronze Statue

Toward the northern end of the mall is a large bronze statue of an old-fashioned Chinese man pulling an empty rickshaw. People line up to climb into the rickshaw to have their pictures taken by family and friends.

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St. Joseph's Cathedral

At the northern end of the pedestrian mall is the huge St. Joseph's Cathedral, a Catholic church that was built several centuries ago by Portuguese Jesuits. 

The cathedral itself is open only for Masses, but its courtyard makes a pleasant place to sit and relax after the hustle and bustle of walking up the mall. Chinese couples, wearing traditional Western wedding clothes, flock here on Sundays to have their wedding pictures taken.

The Snack Street 

Beijing Wangfujing Snack StreetWangfujing snack street

The north end of the pedestrian mall heats up in late afternoon and evening for the night food market. 

Dozens of food stands sell everything from fried scorpion and snake kebobs to the less exotic pork and chicken kebobs, dumplings (pot stickers) fruit and congees (bean puddings). Wandering from stand to stand, it's possible to put together a fun and inexpensive meal.

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Enjoy a Relaxing Night at Wangfujing 

Our private tour leaves the evening free for you, and you can explore the Wangfujing Shopping Street on your own.  If you need, your guide will give you tip-offs about local haunts. most travellers never know about. 

If you want to know more information about Beijing tour planning, you can contact us or see some our sample itineraries for some inspiration.

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