Langfang Er Tiao:
Just behind Quan Ye Chang, Langfang Er Tiao enjoyed great popularity since the later years of Qing Dynasty. It is now one of the main tourist destinations where you can find the most authentic Beijing snacks and traditional dishes. If one look closely, he may find some famous old Beijing restaurants and intersting objects here among these plainly decorated shops, such as Siji Minfu Roast Duck, Bao Du Feng, ancient artefacts from junk shops and memories about the city from Zhengyang Book Company.
South of Tieshu Xiejie are the Eight Hutongs. They are, from west to east: Baishun Hutong, Yanzhi Hutong, Hanjia Tan, Shaanxi Xiang, Shitou Hutong, Wangguangfu Xiejie, Zhujia Hutong, and Lishamao Hutong. These hutongs first appeared during the reign of Emperor Qian Long, and became established during late Qing and the Republic of China. When Hui Opera first came into Beijing, the 'Four Luck Company' lived around the area. The famous republic heroine performer Xiao Feng Xian started 'Yunji Company' here. You can still feel the history walking down the hutongs here.
The area is a famous market for antiques and ancient stationaries. This area at the west end of Yangmeizhu Xiejie is where the national Liuli makers were in Yuan Dynasty. Nowadays, business owners set up stands for Chinese paintings and calligraphy works, while street craftsmen performing curious tricks such as carving on beans. The area is a cluster of old stationary houses, book companies and modern galleries dealing traditional pieces.
Design sprang up around Yangmeizhu Xiejie since Beijing Design Week 2012, after the street went through a series of renovations. The vacant spaces here are put into new uses while design is merging with everyday life in the neighbothood. Legacy from the Pilot Project 2013 such as the stone stools, and no parking installations are not only being used every day, but also became modern accessories of the streets. The old businesses such as Majong parlours, North Eastern Restaurant, antique stores, and old Beijing snack shops stand alongside with new comers: Illustration designers Twelve Moons, Dutch gallery Ubi Gallery, industrial style cafe The Soloist, and leather good / music studio Red Music Works.
Da Wai Lang Ying Factory (The Factory):
The Factory is one of the most dynamic exhibition spaces in the heart of Dashilar. It's an open public space, and a regular visit point for tourists and locals alike. It is also a hub of gathering, where openings, talks and pop-up events happen.
Menkuang Hutong is a south-north lane in the north east of Dashilar area. It begins with the Dashilar Jie in the south and extends toward the north till Langfang Tou Tiao, crossing Langfang Er Tiao and Langfang San Tiao. The first photography studio in Beijing opend here during Qing Dynasty. The hutong was also home to two Buddhist temples. During Qing Dynasty and Republic of China, it was best known for local snacks, some of which are still around today, such as the 'Rice Cake King', 'Wan's Pea Cakes', 'Yang's Bao Du (Sliced pork strips)', 'Bai's Toufoo Soup', 'Wei's Cheese', 'Tongyi Lamb House' and 'Da'lian Pastries' etc. Today the narrow lane still houses tens of snack stalls from all over the country. Some of them are not famous nor old, but tasty and cheap.
Yanshou Jie is the centre of everyday shopping in Sanjing area. The buzzle and huzzle of here poses a sharp contrast to the quietness of courtyards in the neighborhood. Yanshou Jie has the most local gourmet snacks you could find: fried chicken, Halal pork and lamb, pickles, ready-made dishes, even Chinese pancakes. Only one step away from the refreshing Yangmeizhu Xiejie, the street is filled with the greatest smells. Everything is freshly made here in plainly decorated shops and stalls. After putting down some delicacy, you can also take a break at 'Kuide House' for some monologue performances on some local family histories.