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[This post was edited by Cicci at 2011-12-12 13:25]|
Wangfujing Street is the most famous commercial area in Beijing. Ten mansions for noblemen were built there in Ming Dynasty. The street was named for a sweet-water well on the street. Since Dong’an Market was established in 1903, the area has become a commercial centre in Beijing.
Wangfujing Commercial Street is congested with large shops, hotels, specialty shops and famous long-established shops. It is the sister street of Champs Elysees in France. In addition to the modern shopping atmosphere, this street reserves its traditional style. The main shops are Oriental Plaza, Wangfujing Department Store, Foreign Language Bookstore, Danyao Building, Gongmei Building, Wangfu Women Department Store, Moslem Building, Sun Dong An Plaza, Shengxifu, Tongshenghe, Donglaishun, Quanjude, Silian Hairdressing, Baicao Drugstore, etc.
However, Wanfujing Street is also famous for the long-established shops over there: the shoes of Neiliansheng and Buyingzhai, the hats of Shengxifu and Majuyuan, the silks of Ruifuxiang, the scissors of Wangmazi, the writing brushes produced in Huzhou and ink sticks produced in Huizhou of Daiyuexuan, the antiques and jade wares of Jiguge, the tea leaves of Yuanchanghou, the cakes of Daoxiangchun, Guixiangcun and Xiangjugong, the roast ducks of Quanjude, the pickles of Liubiju, the pork cooked in soy sauce of Tianfuhao, the traditional snacks and Hongluo preserved fruits are sold in the shops along the street of old Beijing.