(), located in Dongcheng District, Beijing
, is one of the Chinese capital's most famous shopping streets. Much of the road is off-limits to cars and other motor vehicles, and it is not rare to see the entire street full of people. Since the middle of the Ming Dynasty
there have been commercial activities in this place. In the Qing Dynasty
, ten aristocratic estates and princess residence were built here, soon after when a well full of sweet water was discovered, thereby giving the street its name "Wang Fu" (princely residence), "Jing" (well). In 1903, Dong'an market was formed.
It starts from Wangfujing Nankou, where the Oriental Plaza and the Beijing Hotel
are located. It then heads north, passing the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore, the Beijing Department Store
as well as the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore before ending at the Xin Dong An Plaza.
The street was also previously known as Morrison Street
in English, after the Australian journalist George Ernest Morrison
. Wangfujing is also one of the traditional downtown areas of Beijing, along with Liulichang
Prior to 1949, the late 1990s (?) trolleybuses, buses, and other traffic ran through the street, making it rather congested. Modifications in 1999 and 2000 made much of Wangfujing Street pedestrian only (aside from the tour trolley
). Now through traffic detours to the east of the street.
is now home to around 280 famous Beijing brands, such as... Read More