Dashilar is an area at the very center of downtown Beijing. Located to the southwest of Tian’anmen Square, this is one of Beijing’s most famous commercial shopping streets. It already has hundreds of years of history. Dashilar has numerous famous shops, many of which have already been open for decades. There are also well-known local snack shops and restaurants such as Rui Yuxiang, Tong Ren Tang, Dong Lai Shun and Quanjude. This is one of the best places to experience traditional Beijing. Many of the tourists who come to Beijing make it a point to take a stroll through Dashilar.
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Dazhalan Jie or Dashilan is a real tourist street though very picturesque in parts. You enter the street from Qien Men and the first thing we saw was the old trolley bus and typical Chinese buildings. There are some enticing cake and sweet shops but beware of the 'hard sell' in some of the shops, especially the Tea Houses. However, the real gem is that this street takes you into the streets of Old Beijing and the Hutongs. You don't need a rickshaw as it's best just to wander off the beaten tourist track to explore the Hutongs and experience real Beijing life. There are tiny shops, local dwellings and hostels. We found one hostel in one of the old courtyard houses, which have now virtually disappeared. We also found Alice's Tea House and spent a delightful half hour having tea and listening to Alice's stories. It was a much nicer experience than the 'hard sell' of the Tea Houses on Dashilan! She can be found on TieShu Xie Jie, where she also offers cooking classes and arranges tours.
To the west of Qianmen Street is the Dashilan, and to the east is the fresh fish mouth.
The Dashilan that just happened to be a note, is still the place where ordinary people in Beijing walk around. Ruifu Xiangli still uses the most primitive bookkeeping method to buy and sell. Mr. the accountant sits on a high place, and there are many tracks made of steel wire in front of him. Leading to several booths below. Need to pay, just from the bottom end, put the money on the shelf of the track, a wave, the money will go to the account. The change and receipt are sent back through the track and delivered to the customer with the cloth. Of course, I dont care about the color of the cloth. I sit quietly in the corner and look at the clips flying overhead.
Later, the front gate Dashilan became a place where only tourists came back. My psychological distance from here is getting farther and farther. Over time, the front door began to transform the traffic layout, began to re-plan the nearby traffic routes, began to build Beijing Square, began to repair and repair the Hutong group.
"Dashilan" Formerly known as the four corridors, it is the oldest and most famous ancient market in Beijing. Old Beijing once had a saying that the head is covered with horses, dressed in Ruixiangxiang, and the foot tower is connected in the foot, which is the famous shops in Dashilan.
Today's Dashilan is also very lively. To say that China's commercial streets are somewhat unfamiliar, there are also some points here. However, I highly recommend the architecture on the street, which basically maintains its original appearance. Looking up at the third floor of the second floor, you will find that there is the "Chinese film birthplace" Daguanlou, there is "Dashilan first food store" Daoxiang Village, there are old brands: Tong Ren Tang, Rui Yi Xiang, Zhang Yiyuan, Liu Biju, etc. Wait. Old Beijing now buys tea in the Spring Festival, and many still only recognize Zhang Yiyuan on the street.