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Attraction Nanluoguo Xiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China Published on: 08-08-2016


Time to visit

1 hours 30 mins

Should visit at

09:00 AM

Should leave before

10:30 AM

Good for travellers

First-time visit


Must see
People watching

Price range

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Nanluoguxiang is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Nan Luo Gu Xiang is one of Beijing's oldest hutongs and has been one of the capital's 25 cultural and historical protection areas since 1990.

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Why Nanluoguxiang is special ?

Nanluoguxiang is one of the best preserved historical areas in downtown Beijing, is famous for its hutong and siheyuan courtyards, as well as the bars, cafes, clothing and handicraft shops there.

This 768-meter-long south-north central lane has 16 hutong branching off the central lane, giving each side 8 hutong. Located between Gulou Dong Dajie (Drum Tower East Street) and Di'anmen East Street, this quaint street boasts many cool shops offering silk sh

Yet Nan Luo Gu Xiang is more than just a chic place to buy some Chinese-inspired gifts for friends, but also a mirror perfectly showing Chinese architecture of the Yuan Dynasty.

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What to explore at Nanluoguxiang?

Nanluoguxiang offers a real taste of traditional Beijing life in courtyard homes surrounded by grey walls. GuXian 20 is an example of a higher end courtyard hotel with its restaurant, 28 classy guest rooms decorated in traditional style and outdoor tennis court.

Wandering the streets will reward passers-by with fresh fruits drinks or ice cream from various vendors. Those wanting something wetter to enjoy may find the open air atmosphere of bars and restaurants very difficult to resist as somewhere to sit back and enjoy a cold beer along with delicious foods.

Included in the restaurants is Fish Nation, popular for its British style fish and chips. There is a roof top area available for enjoying summer evenings. Fish Nation is No. 113 Nanluoguxiang.

Those who enjoy shopping may be interested to visit The Pottery Workshop to see the world famous work of Caroline Cheng. While browsing her art you can also enjoy a glass of wine or a range of other drinks on sale.

Source: http://www.beijing-visitor.com/

How to get to Nanluoguxiang?

Nanluoguxiang is located in Beijing's Dongcheng District north east of Beihai Lake and north of the Forbidden City.

Walk west or short taxi ride from either Beixinqiao or Zhangzizhonglu Subway Stations on Line 5.

Selling points

  • “Retail and shopping street.”
  • “Fun and touristy- worth a visit”
  • “Fun to stroll for a morning”
  • “Wonderful Neighborhood”
  • “Relaxed little oasis”
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Nanluoguo Xiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China

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Tips for you

  • Nanlouguxiang is very easily accessable via subway.
  • It is a fantastic place to pick up unique souvenirs, as there are many arts/crafts/souvenir shops
  • Street is lined with glowing lanterns, street vendors selling souvenirs, and good people watching
    What to see
  • Lots of drinks and snacks at this street
  • Some place have hidden landscaped courtyards in the back where you can relax.
  • Nan luo gu xiang station is just across the street.
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This street has a interesting collection of cafes, bakeries and other souvenir shops. It is often very crowded and frequented by the young chinese. This place provides a ideal place to chill in a cafe and watch the people along the streets.

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We used Stretch-a-Leg to visit the Hutong area, Forbidden City and Tienanmen Square. Tony imparted a huge amount of knowledge and interesting facts on our day tour in Beijing. As this was a private tour we could go as fast or as slow as we wanted. Any information we wanted "which restaurant to try Peking Duck" Tony would share his suggestions. Meandering through the Hutong area where it was evident that Tony knew some of the locals was interesting and enabled us to see history and current local life at very close quarters.

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It is easily accessible by the subway. It is a long lane and surprisingly, the shops are different, unique and seem to be selling a wide variety of stuff unlike the Old town in Lijiang. This place attracts many young people and it provides a lovely stroll.

TripAdvisor View more

This street has a interesting collection of cafes, bakeries and other souvenir shops. It is often very crowded and frequented by the young chinese. This place provides a ideal place to chill in a cafe and watch the people along the streets.

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