Beijing Qianmen Street
On a beautiful day in November 2012 we visited Qianmen Street in Beijing. Located at the center of the city, it is a famous pedestrian street. It runs from the Archery Tower in the north to the turning of Tiantan Park in the south. It is 840 meters long and 21 meters width. It is composed with buildings in the late Qing Dynasty style. It has a history of more than 570 years. It was called Zhengyangmen Street during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and finally got the present name in 1965. There are also many Hutongs nearby. After more than one year’s renovation, it was reopened on August 7th before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. There is also the Dangdang Che (Tram) they were first introduced to Beijing in 1924, running from Qianmen to Xizhimen. In 1966, they were abandoned. Due to advanced technology, two of them have returned on this street as sightseeing cars. With the same look of the old ones, they start from the opposite ends. Each one can accommodate up to 84 visitors at a time.