Beijing Yandai Xiejie Shopping
Yandai Xiejie, located in an 800-year old hutong neighborhood that has not been bulldozed for the Olympics or otherwise, you can get a feel for an ancient neighborhood while browsing through antiquities, minority shops and art galleries.
Yandai Xiejie, literally meaning “tobacco pipe lane” which is the name of a Chinese pipe that was traditionally sold on this street, is totally 232 meters, with its east end on the Dianmen Street and the west to the Yinding Bridge.
Stepping into the street for about 50 meters, you would come to the south end of the Dashibei Hutong, which goes to the Gulou West Street, while passing over the Yinding Bridge, you can reach the Shichahai Bar Street.
Location: just 100 meters to the south of Drum Tower
Opening hours: Daily 10am till late
How to get there:
You can take No. 5, 60, 107, 124, or 834 to the Drum Tower Stop, and it is just 100 meters to the south of Drum Tower
Why names Yandai Xiejie
It is recorded that there were many smoking pipe stores on the street in the Qing Dynasty, among which there was one named Shuangshengtai.
The store owner put a 1.5-meter-high (5-feet-high) wooden smoking pipe in front of the store as a sign. As time went by, the street was known by the whole city for its giant smoking pipe, so it was called Yandai Xiejie.
Some people also say that the street looks like a smoking pipe.
A Virtual Roaming along Yandai Xiejie
1. Featured Stores
There are featured stores of Indian clothes, Miao costumes and accessories, Tibet costumes, Lijiang crafts, Shaanxi pottery, badges and quotations of Chairman Mao, etc. So buy some souvenirs and bargain with the shopkeepers.
Besides these featured stores, there are also many restaurants on the street, which are all the traditional Chinese restaurants, including, roasted lamb of Master Ji, stewed pork liver of Master Yao, the Meiyuan Dairy, baked wheaten cake with donkey meat of Mr. Wang and wonton of Master Hou.
If you would like some snacks, the street also offer you. The Xingfumanman (Full of Happiness) Restaurant serves Taiwan snacks, such as Oyster Starch Pancake, roasted sausage, round pastry, etc. The Thai Restaurant and Ou Restaurant purvey Thai food. The Moon in the Lake Café features Korean food and there are also many western restaurants on the street.
4. Bars & Cafes
There are more than 20 cafés and bars with different styles on the street, among which there is the Night of Yinding, the largest café in the Shichahai area. And others like the Red Mansion, the Sea Bar, the Show Place Café, the Wenshi Café, etc.
One can have a cup of coffee when tired and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Houhai Lake. Tasting the delicacies of traditional Beijing style and those of other places, shopping in the widely varying stores, one would best experience the uniqueness of Beijing.
- To Yandai Xiejie Photos Page to enjoy the street more.