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Hutong is not Simply Old Beijing Culture

As the narrow lane lying around Beijing downtown area, Beijing Hutong has attracted loads of attention among tourists with unique tastes, culture and history. It almost has become a must-enjoy place for visitors from home and abroad. But, with time goes by, it is not simply the old Beijing culture again!

Calligraphy Learning in Hutong

Profound History
It is said that Hutong houses profound history originating during Yuan Dynasty. In the Yuan Dynasty, Mongolians attached great importance to water, so almost every community in this city was designed around a well, which provide the daily water for the locals. Until now, tourists can still find dry wells in Hutong. In the past years, Beijing was composed of hundreds of courtyards around the Forbidden City and these lanes stretched out in all four directions, connecting different kinds of courtyards in the city. These lanes have their own layout and structure, and when viewed from the air the combination of the lanes and courtyards resemble a chessboard with delicate gardens. So, the Hutong formed appearing in present as the culture of old Beijing.

Colorful Activities Held in Hutong
Nowadays, in addition to enjoy the local lifestyle and culture, tourists here are mainly for the colorful activities. If you want to enjoy Chinese cuisine cooking, come to Hutong where you can experience the local cooking. Taught by the local famous cooker, you can not only learn the cooking skills but also learn more about Chinese traditional culture. The calligraphy learning is also established here. From this, you can get deep understanding about Chinese calligraphy and culture. Besides, the language learning and painting learning all established here. Just according to your interests, choose one to cultivate sentiment and mood.

Delicate Shops Hidden
There are many small, unique and well decorated shops hidden in these lanes, especially in Nanluoguxiang. There is also a famous restaurant called Pass by Bar in Nanluoguxiang. It is a gathering place for the local people and foreign backpackers. As a theme bar, Yizhan is built based on an old courtyard. In addition to these special modern-style shops, there are some more traditional shops scattered in the lanes.

There are so many treasures in Beijing Hutong, it is not simply boring culture appreciation again! Join us to experience these activities!