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Old April 26th, 2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Post Second Pedestrian Street in Beijing 前门步行街

This street is in Qianman, south of Tian'anmen Square.

Xinhua news:
New pedestrian street featuring life of old Beijing takes shape
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Old April 26th, 2007, 01:43 PM   #2
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Good news! That's not TOO far from Wangfujing, but that district needs a good redevelopment
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Old April 26th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #3
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New commercial district should be cultivated cannily~
And i think Bejing should follow a few successful experience from HK on operation of pedestrian stree.
Good luck ,Beijing
i hope i can visit it on 2008~~
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Old April 26th, 2007, 04:45 PM   #4
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Anyone got any links to the masterplan for this area. I went there last summer and there were a lot of older buildings empty and boarded up, no doubt awaiting restoration or demolition. I'd be interested in seeing what this area is meant to look like once completed. Presumably it's scheduled to be completed for the Olympics...
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Old April 26th, 2007, 05:51 PM   #5
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I have photos. The whole street is under wraps and is being torn down. Wait a bit and I'll hope to post those soon.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 02:54 AM   #6
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Oh, thanks, It'll be interesting to see what they've done to it in the 10 months since I visited!
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Old April 29th, 2007, 07:55 AM   #7
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I have photos. The whole street is under wraps and is being torn down. Wait a bit and I'll hope to post those soon.
So I guess they are rushing for the 2008 huh? So are they actually going to rebuilt everything or just remodeling it?
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Old April 29th, 2007, 08:05 AM   #8
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Is that 大栅栏 you guys are talking about?
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Old April 29th, 2007, 12:45 PM   #9
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I guess this will be the most beautiful and greatest pedestrian street all over China.
You doubt?
See that in the next year
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Old April 29th, 2007, 05:37 PM   #10
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Any pics of the plans and/or what it's like now?
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Old April 29th, 2007, 05:57 PM   #11
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Old April 29th, 2007, 05:59 PM   #12
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hmm, I like it.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 10:55 AM   #13
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I think that's going to be very nice. I like that.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 01:55 PM   #14
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Interesting. Anyone know which of the buildings shown on the hoardings are refurbishments and which are new builds? From when I saw the street last summer, it appeared that many of the original buildings facing onto the street were gone so I presume most of these will be replicas. I suppose that's ok as long as they are good quality replicas (is a shame many aren't the originals though).
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Old June 20th, 2007, 12:46 AM   #15
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Hey, I came across with this picture. (I just searched for 大栅栏 on google images )



http://www.ghj-bjxw.gov.cn/xwfj/displaypic.asp?id=353

Could this possibly be the masterplan for the whole project? So far this project has made a fantastic impression on me!
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Old June 20th, 2007, 02:24 AM   #16
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Wow that is so huge.
It seems they are going to preserve and renovate the whole traditional district of 大栅栏 and 琉璃场, which is probably the last area with a true Beijing favor in the city.
http://www.ghj-bjxw.gov.cn/xwfj/fuwu_view.asp?id=668
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Old June 21st, 2007, 03:40 PM   #17
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Any recent pics of the neighbourhood? Last time I was there was in February and by then it looked the same as in hkskyline's shots.
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Old October 7th, 2007, 06:38 PM   #18
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I was searching for photos of what this area used to look like and I came across this excellent shot of the view looking South from the Qianmen city gate:


According to a news article I found on the net, the restoration of the Qianmen area is being based on photographs from the 1920s rather than on the street in the 1800s because that is the time from which they have most information.

Here's a picture of what it's planned to look like (looking North):


It'll be interesting to see how it turns out. If the next photo is anything to go by then the quality of the recreated/restored buildings will be brilliant.



However, I hope it's not too sanitised and the informal culture of the area isn't lost. The reconstruction of this street is a brilliant opportunity to bring back more of the charm of old Beijing, I hope it turns out well.

One thing that surprises me though is that high quality renders of the area are so difficult to come by on the net. Is there a website about the planning of this area that is only in Chinese?

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Is nobody interested in this project?
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Old October 12th, 2007, 07:17 PM   #20
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Is nobody interested in this project?
Yes, of course! It's much more interesting than all skyscrapers together, but I affraid we have to wait until the street is ready
I'm hoping strong it will not be the second "Liulichang Culture Street", btw!
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