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Dashilan is located to the south of Tiananmen Square, west of Qianmen Street. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD), the hutong has been a shopping strip for nearly 600 years, and remains one of the most memorable places-to-be in Beijing.

Flashy lights, neon signs and cheap clothing stores vie for space. There are 36 businesses crammed along the alley. The impressive outlooks of silk fabric dealer Ruifuxiang, Chinese traditional medicine shop Tong Ren Tang and Chinese traditional cloth shoe maker Bu Ying Zhai all command the pedestrian's attention. Restaurants, fruit shops and theaters compete for business. The red lanterns and bustle along the narrow street make for a quintessential Chinese experience, especially after dark.


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