Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yan Dai Xie Jie)
The Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street is one of the most famous in this city. It measures 254 yards long connecting Di'anmen Street at the east end of the junction of Xiaoshibei and Ya'er Hutongs at the west end. Like a tobacco pouch, the street goes from northeast to southwest, which gives it its name: the Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street.
During the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), this street was called the Skewed Drum Tower Street. At that time, many local residents were addicted to smoking opium. The increasing demand of pipes encouraged the opening of many pipe shops on the street, with the shops all displaying similar symbols: a wooden smoke pipe with a black pipe stem and a golden bowl was popular. Even today, customers are often impressed by the vivid symbols standing in front of these pipe shops. The street became famous for its economic niche, and people began to know it as the Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, which has been passed down to it today.
Now many bars, teahouses and cafes and souvenir shops have moved onto the street. At night, the many illuminated shops and signs all contribute to the lovely atmosphere.