The last state-run traditional grocery in Beijing

By Zhang Junmian
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Zhaofujie Grocery, known as the last state-run grocery in Beijing, is popular among Beijingers who enjoy its authentic soya bean sauce, sesame sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, pickles and other old-Beijing foodstuffs and goods.

Zhaofujie Grocery, known as the last state-run grocery in Beijing, is popular among Beijingers who enjoy its authentic soya bean sauce, sesame sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, pickles and other old-Beijing foodstuffs and goods. [File photo] 

The grocery, located in Zhaofujie Hutong behind the Drum Tower in Dongcheng District, was opened in 1956. The interior decoration, which has remained the same throughout the years, reminds visitors of the 1960s. All its equipment, including the wooden counters and shelves, old-style scale, abacus and vats, have also been kept and used for many years.

The business area of the grocery has shrunk from more than 100 square meters to less than 40 square meters to make room for a taxi rental company.

The grocery mainly serves more than 1,300 households living in the hutong, but many residents, who are nostalgic for the old days, also come here to buy what they need and to find memories of the past.

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