Touring Beijing in Winter Part 9: The Egg, Tian’anmen Square and Qianmen Street
After exiting the Forbidden City, the next practical destination to see is The Egg or what is officially known as the National Center for the Performing Arts. Afterwards it’s the famous Tiananmen Square then finally Qianmen Street.
Since we were already famished we headed straight to a place where we can eat, Qianmen Street, skipping past the other two places.
Qianmen Street is one of the historical sites in the city that represents genuine local culture with its prosperous businesses that stemmed way back during the Qing dynasty.
It was renovated in 2008 to infuse mainstream international boutiques along with popular local brands while retaining the traditional Chinese elements of decoration style and architectural structure.
It kind of reminds of Senado Square in Macau.
Get off Qianmen Station in Line 2 and you can’t miss the entrance arch to Qianmen Street . [Beijing Subway Map]
From the south gate of Forbidden City, take the underpass to reach Tian’anmen Square. Walk to the south end of the square and take the underpass to reach the other side of the street to Qianmen.
After having a really late lunch, it’s time for us to go back to Tian’anmen Square to reach The Egg before we run out of daylight.
The largest city square in the world, Tian’anmen Square is known for the massacre of hundreds of protesters that were killed by government troops in 1989. It is popularly used as a massive meeting place anyhow since it was created.
Tiananmen East or Tiananmen West station in Line 1, take your pick. Get off the other side of the street to reach the square.
Unfortunately, we didn’t dawdle too long here. Our feet were already aching and we still have to reach The Egg on the western side. There are lots of security officers in the area as well as security checks on all its entrances.
We exit at the west gate of the square to get to the National Center for the Performing Arts.
The National Center for the Performing Arts is also called The Egg due to its titanium accented glass ellipsoid dome. It is surrounded by a man-made lake and was opened in December 2007. It became a tourist spot ever since.
Nothing special for me. I find it similar to the Esplanade (Durian Dome) in Singapore.
Get off Tiananmen West station in Line 1. [Beijing Subway Map]
From outside the south gate of Forbidden City, head to Tiananmen West station to cross to the other street where you will this place.
It was getting the dark when we finished but we were not done yet. We took the subway to do some shopping at Silk Street which is also on the same line (Yong’anli Station).
Remember, the correct sequence to efficiently do this walking tour once you get out of Forbidden City is The Egg, Tian’anmen Square then Qianmen Street.
FREE! No entrance fee on this part unless you want to go inside The Egg.
I’ll write about shopping on another post. Next up is the new Summer Palace.