Yandai Xie Street

Admission Fee Free of charge
Opening Hours All day

Yandaixie Street, named after the small-bowled long-stemmed tobacco pipe (“Yandai” in Chinese) and its resemblance to the shape of a pipe, holds a special place in the history and culture of Beijing. Stretching 232 meters from northeast to southwest, this quaint Hutong stands out for its unique orientation compared to other traditional east-west or north-south streets.

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Yandaixie Street became synonymous with tobacco, as many residents in the area developed a fondness for smoking. Consequently, numerous tobacco shops flourished along the street, catering to the local demand for pipes and related products. Interestingly, the layout of the street itself mirrored the shape of a tobacco pipe, with the eastern end resembling the mouthpiece, the western end resembling the bowl, and the narrow main street resembling the stem. This uncanny resemblance gave rise to the name “Yandaixie Street,” perfectly capturing the essence of the area.

Over time, Yandaixie Street evolved into the oldest business street in Beijing, attracting a diverse array of shops and vendors. While tobacco shops were once predominant, the street now boasts a vibrant mix of boutiques, souvenir shops, snack houses, restaurants, cafes, and bars. Visitors to Yandaixie Street can indulge in a delightful shopping and dining experience, exploring the charming alleyways and discovering unique trinkets and culinary delights that reflect the rich cultural heritage of Beijing. With its historical significance and bustling atmosphere, Yandaixie Street continues to captivate both locals and tourists alike, offering a glimpse into the dynamic spirit of the city.

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