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This is a small part of beijung where the history is still alive. Small houses and shops which are safed from the past. Beside the temle and the lake there are lot of restaurnants and bars and it can become crowded on a sunny weekend.
Hutong Area - Hutong is a Mongolian word meaning water well. It is the name given to a lane or small street that originated during the Yuan Dynasty. Visitors are generally transported from a point on the edge of the Hutong by a cycle rickshaw...More
We are not sure which Hutong tour we took, but take a tour before you leave Beijing. The tour is well worth the minimal charge and it’s eye-opening to see the living standards pre economic boom. You travel through narrow back alleyways. All you see...More
We had a rickshaw tour of Dongsi Hutong. Narrow streets with houses behind blank walls. Enter and see a courtyard surrounded by small buildings. Community latrines every few hundred yards as houses don't have facilities. Lots of small shops. You see how people traditionally lived.
I cycled around the Hutongs and found it fascinating the array of diversity and culture when you get off the main streets, lots of food, souvenir shops and everyday living.
Worth a walk or a cycle through.
We took a tour of a hutong and loved it. The narrow alleys, the old dwellings, this is old Beijing that is fast disappearing. This is how they used to live before condos and big buildings. We went to a family operated restaurant, walked through...More
This was an interesting part of the commercial tour that we took. Our guide paid for a rickshaw ride and away we went. He pedalled down one street after another, alley after alley and we discovered and older part of Beijing. Toilets were on the...More
We were lucky enough to stay in the hutongs in a boutique hotel and of all the grand sites we saw during our time in the city, we enjoyed exploring the alleyways of the hutongs the best! There are quirky shops and restaurants and great...More
Visit the new and "old" parts of the hutong for the full experience. I prefer the old section: there's lots of places to grab street food and trinket souvenirs and observe daily life in Beijing. The new hutong has a Starbucks, ATMs and sit-down restaurants.
There are many things I love about Beijing. And each trip there I find more things to see. I read a Time magazine article "Beijing: 10 Things To Do" - it is still on the web. From that article I read of the destruction of...More