We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Yandai Xie Street

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Di'anmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
Name/address in local language
00:00 - 00:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 00:00 - 00:00
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Private Beijing Night Tour: Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Dinner
More Info
and up
Private Layover Tour of Cultural Beijing with Silk Alley Market
More Info
and up
Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 116 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 12
  • 10
    Very good
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
Charming area

That's a charming area. You can eat there or just simply walk around. I definitely recommend!!! But be careful of your wallet, it's expensive there.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Warsaw, Poland
Add Photo Write a Review

116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 23: English reviews
Warsaw, Poland
Level Contributor
36 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

That's a charming area. You can eat there or just simply walk around. I definitely recommend!!! But be careful of your wallet, it's expensive there.

Thank paulakortus
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a cute street that it has kept it's authentic feel. it it is really close to Houhai lake and Nanluogu Xiang,so I advice you to visit them in one day. there are many shops, some shops were special but most them I can't say so. It' s a good place to walk around tho. 我很喜欢这个地方, 有很多感觉, 不是直直的,而是曲曲折折小胡同, 旁边有很多小商店,有的很有特色,... More 

Thank lilyh694
Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
188 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This small street between the Drumtower and the Silber Ingot Bridge or the lakes of Qian Hai & Hou Hai has a lot of small shops, tearooms, bars, and snackbars. It was nice walking through it, but for me it was a little bit too loud with the music. But it’s a nice passage towards the Silber Ingot Bridge and... More 

Thank paukie
Level Contributor
162 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Thank goodness a few of these old areas have been preserved amongst the modernisation of Beijing, even if they are mostly being converted into tourist attractions. The Yandai Xiejie, also known as the Smoke Pipe Hutong, is traversed by a canal which provides a passage for small barges and creates a water town at its core. This was a lovely... More 

Thank deemacvee
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
465 reviews
322 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

It was a part of the Hutong Tour that was included in my itinerary. I wished to take more time to look around, but had to rush through with others.

Thank RayParks
Reading, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
86 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This brilliant old market area was very difficult to find with most web sites being poor about how to find it, and confusing everyone by using the term Hutong to mean market. You get here by taking Subway line 8, stop Shichahai; head north and take the entrance into Yandai Byway. Look for the panel on the right as you... More 

1 Thank alexken
Level Contributor
60 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We loved the area. We are staying nearby and loved the park, the restaurants, the night Life, shops... Very cool!

Thank Jessensjourney
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
197 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

I had a wonderful time meandering down this street visiting the shopfronts. Made some good purchases and then continued through the hutongs. We visited a Hutong to see family life but it was very touristy. Take away the furnishings and you could imagine what it was like in years gone past. We finished up taking a rickshaw around the area.

Thank Vanessa M
Ankeny, Iowa
Level Contributor
199 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

I love the Yandaixiejie, or the Zigzag Alley for Selling Smoking Gadgets. It's not only so close to my favorite Houhai area but also so unique. It's a quarter-mile-long, snake-like alley rather than a straight one like almost all in the rest of the town. Honestly, I don't smoke, but I do like to see the various kinds of smoking... More 

Thank Will Z
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

Bars, shopping, people-watching. Beautiful scenic lake, rickshaw rides (be careful of getting scammed!!), bridges, hutongs, all in one place.

Thank JSGMomof3

Travellers who viewed Yandai Xie Street also viewed


Been to Yandai Xie Street? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Yandai Xie Street staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?