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Qianmen St., Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100051, China | +86 10 6511 8101

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Free, Popular with locals

Qianmen refers to both the gate that once guarded the southern end of the imperial Inner City and the nearby pedestrian street that is now a major tourist attraction. Visitors who are unimpressed by the flashy tourist shops hawking silk scarves and Beijing snacks should head west to the up-and-coming Dashilar area. The latter hosts the annual Beijing Design Week and has become a hub for hip coffeehouses (Spoonful of Sugar, Soloist Coffee), design shops (Ubi Gallery, Twelve Moons, Book Design Shop), tasteful restaurants (Suzuki Kitchen), and a much-needed dose of tranquility.

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Qianmen and Dashilar

Qianmen refers to both the gate that once guarded the southern end of the imperial Inner City and the nearby pedestrian street that is now a major tourist attraction. Visitors who are unimpressed by the flashy tourist shops hawking silk scarves and Beijing snacks should head west to the up-and-coming Dashilar area. The latter hosts the annual Beijing Design Week and has become a hub for hip coffeehouses (Spoonful of Sugar, Soloist Coffee), design shops (Ubi Gallery, Twelve Moons, Book Design Shop), tasteful restaurants (Suzuki Kitchen), and a much-needed dose of tranquility.