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Wangfujing (Chinese: 王府井; pinyin: Wángfǔjǐng; literally: "Prince's Mansion Well") is one of the famous local snack street and night market, located in Dongcheng District, Beijing, China.
The majority of the main area is pedestrianised and very popular
shopping place for both tourists and residents of the capital. Since the
middle of the Ming Dynasty there have been commercial activities in this place. In the Qing Dynasty,
ten aristocratic estates and princess residence were built here, soon
after when a well full of sweet water was discovered, thereby giving the
street its name "Wang Fu" (princely residence), "Jing" (well). Many
exotic foods are served on Wangfujing snack street.
|Prince's Mansion Well, Wangfu Well|
Deep-fried starfish (海星) for sale as a seafood at Wangfujing snack street
Until the late 1990s, the street was open to traffic. Modifications in 1999 and 2000 made much of Wangfujing Street pedestrian only (aside from the tour trolley). Now through traffic detours to the east of the street.
StoresWangfujing is now home to around 280 famous Beijing brands, such as Shengxifu hat store, Tongshenghe shoe shop, and the Wuyutai tea house. A photo studio which took formal photos of the first Chinese leadership, the New China Woman and Children Department Store helped established by Soong Ching-ling (Madame Sun Yat-sen) are also located on the street.
Food and snacks
Further north and perpendicular to Wangfujing is Donghuamen Street, which has a night food market of its own.