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Took a rickshaw tour through this neighborhood. It ended at a lovely square with a temple on one end. There were elderly people socializing and playing cards... lovely to immerse yourself in local activities
Although this part of the old town is not well maintained, it will provide a different perspective of a Beijing.
It's interesting to see how people are still living in this neighbourhood, court houses without bathroom or toilet facilities.
A few interesting site and restaurants...More
Hutongs are the traditional neighborhoods in Beijing (and other northern Chinese cities) with narrow alleyways containing multi-family residences in courtyard like settings. What makes Ya'er Hutong special is the lack of tourists, the tranquil setting off of Houhai Lake and bustling life of the neighborhood....More