Monday, 5 February 2018

Exploring Qianmen Street

Upon researching Qianmen Street I found that it was an old pedestrian street filled with Chinese culture (and those really pretty buildings that I love) Obviously it was somewhere I had to go!





When the taxi dropped us off in the middle of nowhere we really had no idea where to go so we just walked. Sometimes I love doing that, just walking and seeing what we find. Our walk took us along this very residential street that depicted Beijing life to the max. It was filled with local buildings, bikes and tuktuks parked outside every building, people sitting on their front steps - very literally stepped into a day in the life of a Chinese resident. Naturally we were a little out of place being the only Westerner there so we got a whole lot of stares

Also, can we just give a little appreciation to this tree that we discovered while walking. Along one street, all of the trees were covered in the most colourful rope. It in a city where everything is usually the same colour, it was refreshing to see this.





When we eventually found the part of Qianmen Street that we were looking for we understood why it was listed as one of the highlights of Beijing. It was filled with beautiful Chinese style buildings, lanterns, decorations and little pops of red everywhere you looked. It was exactly how you'd image a pedestrian street in China to look, but it was so touristy that is spoilt the effect. It was beautifully painted with just enough 'old' to look authentic while being completely new. There was no 'old' feel to Qianmen Street, only tourist attractions.

But the buildings were still beautiful though and it was nice to wander around, especially on such a beautiful day. Notice the blue sky anyone? Those rare occasions need to be appreciated! Don't be deceived though, it was bloody freezing!


Our final stop was Starbucks. Yep, this thing of beauty is a Starbucks and it was simply beautiful inside and out. I loved the little touches of Chinese.

So, would I go back to Qianmen Street? Probably not! But if you're looking for a little bit of stereotypical Beijing or you just need an Instagrammable AF place to take photos then it's definitely worth checking out.

Happy Monday - have a great week everyone! x
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20 comments

  1. Oh wow, these pictures are so lovely! I always find that wandering the streets and going exploring always ends up to be the best thing because you always find cute little alleyways and shops that you might not have seen!
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  2. Oh my. This looks so rad!!! Gorgeous photos.

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  3. Wow. This place looks so bomb. I'd love to visit and see it all in person.

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  4. I love the colours on the tree, seems like a lovely place x

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  5. This place looks so fun! I love exploring other cultures.

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  6. Oh wow what an amazing looking place to get to explore. That wrapped tree really interests me.

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  7. Definitely interesting. The starbucks made me laugh! But I'm with you, I'd like more real, not the stereotypical Beijing. :)

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  8. I love your photos! The intricate detail in all the decor is beautiful. I never would have pegged that for a Starbucks, btw! Wow.

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  9. Such great pictures. It is obvious how much you enjoyed your visit. That was the best looking Starbucks I've ever seen too!

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  10. How wonderful! I love every single one of your pictures, they give a whole story. I'm in love with the one of the colorful tree.

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  11. Such a cool place! I totally want to visit someday.

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  12. Qiamen street looks like a vintagish heaven for people who have a think for antiques. Hands down amazing photos you have clicked.

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  13. wow the city looks amazing I really the picture of tree tied with colorful ropes . Adding a pop of color to the city.

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  14. It looks like you had a great time and I really like the editing of your photos! What app did you use?

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  15. When I visit a place, I always go to the "road less traveled," which means I avoid the touristy places as much as I can. Qianmen street would have been pretty if they did not alter things so much.

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  16. Such wonderful pictures. Seems you had a great time and I really like the modifications of your photos!

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  17. What a beautiful place, look so peaceful and calm. love the serenity.

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  18. That looks absolutely fantastic. I was expecting a side of Beijing that was smoggy and polluted, but this one looks fine and happy.

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  19. Looks and sounds like a nice place to visit. I have heard all great things about Beijing.

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  20. Love the pictures a true travel photo experience. I would love to visit Beijing!

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