Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beijing Lu Pedestrian Mall, Guangzhou

Everywhere in Guangzhou is a shopping place. As soon as one steps out the door, one can find shops after shops in the street. There are many pedestrian streets, special commercial streets and shopping blocks.

Although much smaller than Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, Beijing Lu (北京路步行街) is well worth a visit. It is simultaneously fashionable and traditional. It is lined with the usual assortment of department stores and Chinese brand-name shops.

For philatelic enthusiasts, there's a China Philately shop located along Beijing Lu, and you can purchase philatelic products here. Glad to have found this shop here, and I actually purchased 3 sets of first day covers as memento :)

Towards the top of the street is Beijing Lu’s most interesting feature. Underneath the glass, below ground level, one can see the remains of streets from 3 different dynasties – Song Dynasty (960-1279), Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) and Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), with the later dynasty's streets on top of the prior dynasty's.

The streets from the 3 dynasties are underneath the glass (in front of the shop)
I personally prefer here compared to Shangxiajiu, perhaps due to the lesser crowd here. Again, it's pretty much an individual's preference, as some people prefer Shangxiajiu instead.

Getting There

From Gongyuanqian Subway Station (Line 2), take Exit C. Once you are out of the station, walk east along Zhongshanwu Lu for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the crowd) to reach Beijing Lu.

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