Dongzhimen

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Dongzhimen in 1908

Dongzhimen (simplified Chinese: 东直门; traditional Chinese: 東直門; pinyin: Dōngzhímén; Manchu: Tob dergi duka; lit. "East Straight Gate") is the name of one of the gates in the old Beijing city fortifications, it is now a transportation node in Beijing.

The 2nd Ring Road currently links, albeit somewhat indirectly, with two roads which eventually become the Airport Expressway and China National Highway 101. A new flyover, and a new express road are being built that will connect directly with the Airport Expressway and is due within 2004.

The Beijing subway network has a node stop at Dongzhimen, where Lines 2 and 13 connect. Line 13 has its eastern terminus at Dongzhimen.

West of Dongzhimen is Guijie, or "Food vessel street" (Dongzhimen Inner Street), extremely well known to locals as a food street. The character for Gui (簋) refers to a round-mouthed bamboo container for food. The name is frequently mistaken for a similar sounding word, meaning "ghost", so some refer to the street as "Ghost street".

Street food in Beijing [1]  Gui Street (簋街) is located within Dongzhimen, East of the street from Second Ring Road of the Western part of the Dongzhimen overpass and West of the street from East Main Street eastern end crossing. Gui Street now showcases many excellent cuisines, the centre of a food paradise. Stretching over one kilometer, 90% of the commercial shops in the street house more than 150 eateries. You can definitely find most of the larger restaurants in the capital here. Therefore Gui Street is known for its street food in Beijing.

Connecting to the east of Dongzhimen is Dongzhimen Outer Street, which connects with the Northern Diplomatic Area and ultimately to the 3rd Ring Road as well as the National Agricultural Exhibition Hall.

1.5 km from Dongzhimen lies the nearby Sanlitun (三里屯) bar street, well-known to the expat community located in the heart of Beijing's North Diplomatic Area.

Just outside the Dongzhimen station is a long-distance bus station area, which services a wide range of locations within and outside of Beijing. This includes special buses to the Great Wall and long-distance buses to the mountains and caves north of Beijing and smaller suburban towns such as Pinggu.

Coordinates: 39°56′28″N 116°26′01″E / 39.9411°N 116.4336°E / 39.9411; 116.4336