YanDai Xie Jie

 

Yandai meaning “Tobacco pipe Byway” measures 232 meters long. It was known as Gulou Byway over two centuries ago as recorded in an ancient map of the capital city during the late Qing Dynasty. it was renamed Yandai according to local annals and vendors along the street mainly dealt with smoking sets besides paintings , calligraphic works, jade ware and other curios. As it embodies traditional folk customs and distinctive features of old Beijing, Xicheng District Government launched a protective restoration in 2007, and it was designated as a Specitalty Shopping Street by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Commerce.