Attraction Da Hu Tong Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi China 100018 Published on: 08-08-2016
|09:00 AM - 09:00 PM|
People watching (street)
Beijing Hutongs is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Beijing Hutongs is special ?
The Beijing Hutongs (old lanes) have a very special place in the rich history and culture of Beijing. The alleys give a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and highlight the dramatic changes the rest of Beijing has undergone.
Hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. Thanks to Beijing’s long history and status as capital for six dynasties, almost every hutong has its anecdotes, and some are even associated with historic events. In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing. A virtual tour of one of Beijing's Hutong's can be found here.
What to explore at Beijing Hutongs?
There are many small, unique and well decorated shops hidden in these lanes, especially in South Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluo Guxiang).
There is a famous restaurant called Pass by Bar in South Gong and Drum Lane, which is a gathering place for the local people and foreign backpackers.
Yizhan, a themed bar in No. 30 Beixinqiao Toutiao (two to three walking minutes from Beixinqiao subway station), is built based on an old courtyard.
Apart from these special modern-style shops, there are some more traditional shops scattered in the lanes, recording the history of Chinese life.
In Mishi Hutong, a barbershop called Yunfeng (Cloud and Wind) Barbershop, has been open since 1989, and all the equipment in the shop was bought at that time, giving customers a feeling of traveling back in time.
- The rich history and culture of Beijing.
- Famous operas and dramas
- "Teahouse" or "Small Hutong" in the evening
- Chinese characteristics with Western buildings.
- Dumpling Making Experience
Da Hu Tong Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi China 100018
Tips for you
the good: it's a nice place where you can easily spend a whole afternoon wandering around, eat snacks and drink coffee; here the whitings are still well preserved; this is a historical shopping street; nowadays you can find all sorts of "modernized" trendy shops (not the usual tourist stuff), restaurants and bars; many shops with own design (from clothes to teapots); there is a newly opened underground station at the beginning of the street; houhai lake and the drum tower are just a few minutes walk from there.the bad: this place is hugely popular with chinese (locals and non) and can, especially in the weekend, be very crowded.
We accidentally happened into this area, having booked a hotel in a hutong along this street and not really knowing the area at all. It was a pleasant surprise when we got there to see the myriad food and shopping options. The street was constantly alive with people. In addition to the varied local and western food options, several restaurants offered live music. There were also several options for bars to hang out in at night with very pleasant atmospheres. Would visit Beijing again just to experience this neighbourhood again.
I like NLGX much more than Wangfujing. There are many quaint cafes and the hutongs which criscross it lends it much character. There is a popsicle place called Moderns which is quite good, and in one of the hutongs, i found an excellent small eatery selling chuan'ers at 1 Yuan apiece which was great! The eatery also sells various dumplings and dishes for extremely affordable price, called Xiao Fang Mian Guan (note it is along one of the hutongs which and not on NLGX street per se) - just look for the red "Chuan" sign as you walk along the street. NLGX also has Wen Yu Nai Lao, which is awesome. Try both their original flavor and the Shuang Pi flavor at just 12 yuan apiece. There is no seating at Wen Yu so you just buy and eat on the spot.