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Yandai Xie Street

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Address: Di'anmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Yandai Xiejie - Smoke Pipe Hutong

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 November 2016
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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
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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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 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
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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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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
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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
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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
Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Bars, souvenir stores, small tea shops and an enormous mixture of different shops (calligraphy, art, ceramics, jewelry, etc). A must-stop if you visit Beijing for the first time! Spend sometime for shopping here (afternoon), and letter follow the street until reach the restaurants! Have Peking duck here. Recommended for couples too!

1 Thank MikeFlox
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

If you walk along the main thoroughfare, do take the time to duck into the little shops for gifts and souvenirs. Even if you are paying relatively higher prices in Chinese terms, really everything is very cheap for westerners with higher wages. We wandered off the beaten track and found a public toilet - it was very clean and well... More 

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