Guijie Dining Avenue is known for it's beautiful Lantern arrangements
From: IMF HQ
Hello Agent Laowai!
Intel gathered from your Facebook account and several other assets of IMF (Intermediate Mandarin Forever) suggests a group of your friends is coming to Beijing and expect you to be their guide. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take them out for dinner in a nice yet authentic part of town. The designated area should be rich in dining options and not far from cozy bars and quality clubs.
IMF has taken the liberty to choose an area suitable for this type of operation – Dongzhimen nei dajie (东至门内大街 – Dongzhimen Inner Street) AKA Guije (see green strip in the map below):
Guijie is located in the northeast corner of the second ring road, not far from Yonghegong Lama Temple and Gulou East Street (See red parameter). There are plenty of lovely hutongs, shops, restaurants and bars in the area.
LZ: Take subway line 5 to Beixinqiao Station. Take exit B and you’ll find yourself right at west end of the street.
Extraction: Whatever you do, do not attempt to take a taxi from within Guijie or Gulou Avenue which are known for having bad traffic day and night. Recommended TEPs (Taxi Extraction Points) are the intersections A, B, C and D in the map above.
Be advised, spiciness levels in the area are high. Many of the restaurants in the parameter are of southern cuisines such as Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou and hotpot restaurants. Other type of food such as Kaoya, jiachangcai, jiaozi, xiaochi and Muslim restaurants can also be found in the area but they are the minority. In case a fallback to western food is required there are several option at the complex next to the LZ and in Wudaoying Hutong (see the blue parameter on the map).
More details about specific restaurants can be found in this excellent guide compiled by City Weekend operatives.
Here’s a compilation of photos taken in the field for your reference:
The official Chinese name of the street is written 簋街. 簋 (guǐ) is a ceremonial food container and that’s very becoming a magnificent restaurant street such is this one. However, the people of Beijing like to call this street 鬼街. The character鬼 is also pronounced guǐ but it means ghost or demon. This is a reminder of the times of Qing Dynasty, when hearse were only allowed to exit the city through the gate of Dongzhimen and therefore had to take this route. Tell this anecdote to your friend and they will be impressed both by your knowledge and Chinese level.
As usual, if you are captured, killed or get the runs, the secretary will deny any kind of involvement in your bowel movement.