Saturday, December 10, 2011

Beijing Day 03 - Yandaixie 烟袋斜街 Street

Yandaixie 烟袋斜街 Street
Yan Dai Xie Jie literally means "Slanted Tobacco Pipe Street ". The street itself resembles a huge pipe totally 232 meters long. It is "slanted "because it runs from the northeast to southwest.

In the early Qing Dynasty it was called "Slanted Drum Tower Street" since it was just located about 100 meters to the south of Drum Tower. In later Qing Dynasty its name changed into "Slanted Tobacco Pipe Street". At that time there were a great number of shops selling pipes. The tobacoo pipes were quite popular then.

Today, when you wander along the street, you still can find some shops selling all kinds of pipes. Besides, you will find elegantly furnished traditional stores, trendy bars and featuring inns and many more.

Yan Dai Xie Jie is at it best when it sparkles! It is quite easy to find the unique street, just about 100 meters to the south of Drum Tower. Following the signboard and the decorated archway, you enter the narrow street and melt into the ancient time of the early Qing Dynasty. At the end of the street, you will find yourself in the middle of the Yinding Bridge connecting Houhai Lake and Qianhai Lake, one of the most important bar areas in Beijing.

here's us at the mouth of Yandaixie Street 烟袋斜街

if you want, you can opt for a trishaw ride along the Houhai lake.

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