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Beijing Dashilan 大栅欄 (169)
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大栅栏:

      大栅栏是北京前门外一条著名的商业街。地处古老北京中心地段,是南中轴线的一个重要组成部分,位于天安门广场以南,前门大街西侧,从东口至西口全长275米。自1420年(明朝永乐十八年)以来,经过500多年的沿革,逐渐发展成为店铺林立的商业街了。

      大栅栏街巷原名廊房四条,明弘治元年,为了治理京师社会治安,在北京各条街巷门口,设置了木质栅栏,栅栏由所在地点居民出资修建,从此以后直到清朝末年在北京的街道上共修建了一千七百多座栅栏。其中廊房四条的栅栏由商贾出资,格外的大,因而被称为“大栅栏”,久而久之大栅栏取代廊房四条成为这条街的正式名称。光绪二十五年发生火灾,木质栅栏被烧毁,从此以后大栅栏只存其名,直到2000年北京市政府又在大栅栏街口修建了铁艺栅栏,真正的栅栏才又回到大栅栏。

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