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Hutongs & Streets

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Houhai

Because of its proximity to the Forbiddent City, this area was historically home to court officials and the city's elite. Some of their residence still stand.
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Qianmen Dajie (Dazhalan)

This has been a shopping strip for more than 500 years, and remains one of the most memorable experiences in the city.
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Liulichang

The Liulichang Street of Chinese Culture is a 750 meter long collection of all kinds of calligraphy, art, antiques and paintings that China has to offer.
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Nanluoguxiang

Located several kilometers north of the Forbidden City is Nanluoguxiang, an 800-meter north-south alleyway filled with cafes, bars, and shops all designed in classical hutong style.
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Nanchizi and Beichizi

This hutong was once included within the imperial city grounds. Today the Ming and Qing dynasty archives were kept in a grand pavillion here.
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Silk Street Market

The Silk Street Market reopened in its shiny new 5-storey shopping mall in March 2005, replacing its notorious predecessor, the outdoor Xiu Shui market.
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Wangfujing

This is the city's best-known shopping area. The street is always busy, mostly with pedestrians, but that's part of its charm.
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Dongsi Beidajie

Dongsi Beidajie shopping street, along with Wangfujingand Xidan, completes the trio of main shopping areas in the city center.

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