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East Liulichang Street

 

East Liulichang Street starts from Yanshousi Street on the east and stops at Nanxinhua Street on the west. This historic area covers a total area of 10.02 hectares, while the street about 400 meters long and 30 to 40 meters wide.

Liulichang Street is one of Beijing’s ancient cultural streets, and also an important epitome of the city development history of Beijing. Its name first appeared in the Yuan Dynasty, at which time the capital was built. And especially when the city of Beijing and the imperial palace were built during the reign of Emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty, Liulichang was one of the main sites at that time for firing Liuli (Chinese traditional colored glaze). As it first appeared in the Ming Dynasty, thrived during the reign of Emperor Qianlong and Jiaqing in the Qing Dynasty, declined in early modern times, and was reconstructed in the 1980s, the street has changed a lot, as well as its architectural elements.

Main historical relics in this area include: Liulichang East Street and buildings on both sides of the street, one cultural relic under district protection (a traditional courtyard) and several buildings or courtyards with historical and cultural value as well as some traditional residential buildings and streets.

East Liulichang Street Historic Area has several shops selling ancient books, the “four treasures of the study” and antiques. Changdian Temple Fair, one of Beijing’s most famous temple fairs, was once held here too.


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