Qianmen Historical Shopping Street Re-Opens in Beijing

October 19, 2009

BEIJING, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The China Guide is adding a new
destination to their sightseeing itineraries with the re-opening of the
historical Qianmen Street in the city center. Qianmen Jie is a historical
shopping alley described by The China Guide as a beautiful restoration of
Beijing heritage ( http://www.TheChinaGuide.com ). A year of renovations based
on old photographs has created a space with traditional architecture and a
style reminiscent of past centuries.

Qianmen was once a prosperous commercial street dating back to the Yuan
Dynasty and saw its peak in the 1920′s. To revive this historical feeling, the
area now boasts traditional buildings housing classic Chinese brands as well
as modern additions including Starbucks and an H&M clothing store. ‘Time
honored brand’ describes the majority of the Qianmen stores as they have a
long history in Beijing, most notable is the Quanjude Duck Restaurant, famous
among locals and travelers alike. The China Guide includes a Peking duck
dinner in its itineraries for travelers eager to try this famous delicacy.

Recent additions are adding a fresh element to this historic street, and
that includes the Capital M restaurant. This new eatery offers modern European
food while guests take in views of the historic surroundings on the rooftop
patio. “We’re delighted that Qianmen Jie has reopened — the street is buzzing!
And we are doubly delighted that Capital M is open as well — we’re thrilled
to be part of this historic Beijing scene on Qianmen Jie,” says Michelle
Garnaut, owner and founder of the Capital M Restaurant Group
( http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com ).

A highlight of Qianmen Jie is its pedestrian-only status, the second in
Beijing, which makes strolling through the shops much more relaxed and
enjoyable. The only transportation on the street is a tram line operating two
restored tram cars that were once operational in the area many decades ago. A
short ten-minute ride will take you between the north and south ends.

The China Guide ( http://www.TheChinaGuide.com ) highly recommends a visit
to Qianmen Street; its location just south of Tiananmen Square and the
Forbidden City makes for a convenient day of sightseeing. The China Guide will
include this Beijing sight in any of their tour itineraries or create a custom
tour for travelers.

About The China Guide

The China Guide, http://www.TheChinaGuide.com , is a Beijing based travel
agency, American owned and operated. Specializing in quality service and
hassle free web bookings, they work with clients to customize tours that match
their travel style. Operating only in China they have up to date knowledge and
offer exciting experiences for travelers including their famous Sleep on the
Great Wall tour. The China Guide avoids the common factory shopping stops that
are not reflective of the true China.

SOURCE The China Guide

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