Walking up from Tiantan Park, I first cross over busy Zhushikou East Street on an overpass decorated with physics equations, starting with E=MC².
Physics on the footbridge
Passing over the physics, I reach the southern end of Qianmen Street and see a long, beautiful promenade, without many people (that will change as I approach Tiananmen Square).
Looking up Qiuanmen Street
The street was completely renovated and reopened just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in anticipation of the large crowds of tourists. Including, modern fast food.
A universal symbol, worldwide
Statues on the street
And, gaze up to admire the Qing Dynasty architecture, both on Qianmen Street and on the sidestreets leading off from it.
And, emerging from Qianmen street at Tiananmen Square, I look back at the grand entrance to the street and the inviting restaurants in the first few buildings.
Entrance to Qianmen Street from Tiananmen Square
Although Qianmen Street is only 840 meters (1/2 mile) long, it packs in a lot of history, sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Just below Tiananmen Square, it is not only a great stroll on its own, but provides a pathway to and from Tiatan Park and the Temple of Heaven.