A broad pedestrian avenue in the heart of Beijing, Qianmen Street is known for the Qing Dynasty architecture that saw extensive reconstruction prior to the Olympic Games in 2008. A great place to shop, stroll, and take in some of Chinese culture's long-standing establishments (Quanjude is world famous for its roast duck), it also connects to the Qianshi hutong, an ancient alleyway that narrows to a width of 40 cm (less than 16 inches) so that thieves couldn't readily escape from rare gems deals.
Qianmen also connects with the tourist haven known as Dashilan'er (Dazhalan West Street to some), another shopping boulevard that still has stores from as early as the 16th century. We know that travelers of our ilk aren't the most avid shoppers, but this area is more about people watching and finding yourself amongst long-standing store facades and alleyways that speak of China past.
Note:Qianmen is located south of Tiananmen Square.