Located at the center of Guangzhou, Beijing Lu is where the new city began to rise. Nowadays, Beijing Lu is the busiest business zone in Guangzhou. The Beijing Lu shopping street stretches from Zhongshan Wu Lu in the north to Huifu Lu in the south, covering 440 meters. 138 stores on the street sell mainly clothes, shoes, general merchandises, foodstuffs and jewelry.
Beijing Lu, one of Guangzhou’s most famous pedestrian streets, was once a road regularly used by government officials in ancient China. It was given the name “Beijing Lu” in 1966.
Ever since the period of the Nanyue Kingdom (203-111 BC), the area around Beijing Lu has been considered “official.” In the past, people were only allowed to walk there; no carriages were allowed access.
Running from north to south, the road was separated into four parts during the Qing Dynasty (1636 to 1912 AD), including Chengxuan Zhi Lu, Shuangmendi Lu, Xiongzhen Zhi Lu and Yongqing Lu.
At the time of the Republic of China in 1920, the current Beijing Lu was enlarged and named Yonghan Lu, covering the four streets mentioned above. To memorialize Hu Hanmin, one of the heroes of the Republic of China, Yonghan Lu was renamed Hanmin Lu in the late 1920s, but changed back to Yonghan Lu in 1945.
Beijing Lu Business Zone includes Beijing Lu Shopping Street, Guandbuy Department Store, Guangzhou Merchandise Building, Xin-da-xin Department Store, Guangming Plaza, Mingsheng Plaza, Mayflower Plaza and Haizhu Plaza.
Take Bus No. 102, 107, 108, 12, 182, 191, 215, 22, 233, 24, 243, 264, 7 and get off at Zhongshanwulu Stop;
Take Bus No. 1, 10, 183, 190, 219, 221, 227, 236, 3, 541, 544, 59, 66 and get off at Beijinglukou Stop;
Take Bus No. 101, 104, 106, 10, 183, 227, 3, 541, 59, 66 and get off at Dananlu Stop; or
Metro Line 1 or 2 and get off at Gongyuanqian station.