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[Story of Place Name] Beijing Lu: the Road of Officials in The Past

Updated Beijing Time

 

Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street

 
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.

 

 
Zhongshan Wu Lu corssing the Beijing Lu (in the past) (Guangzhou Daily/ by He Wenlong)

 

 
Zhongshan Wu Lu crossing the Beijing Lu (now) (Guangzhou Daily/ by Li Xuyang)

 
Places nearby: Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street/ Grandbuy Shopping Mall/ Metro line 1 Gong Yuan Qian station/ Xihu Lu (Night markets)/ Wende Lu (Calligraphy and Painting Market)/ Mayflower Plaza/ Xindaxin Department Store

(by Carrot Chan, Stephen Roach)

Source: Lifeofguangzhou.com

Editor: Chen Minjie

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