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Mistakes for Discover Old Beijing Lifestyle

Staying in Beijing so many years, I got the Beijing modern appearance and fast developing condition. Dazzling neon and luxurious plazas become the common features decorating the metropolis city. So, I aroused the idea having a deep research to old Beijing. I wanted to get some appearance or some tastes about original Beijing.

Without Fully Visit to Beijing Hutong
Beijing Hutong

Someone said that if you want to know the real old Beijing life, Beijing Hutong is an ideal place. However, I came to Beijing Hutong, walking along the narrow street, masses and unlevel road becomes the obstacle of my vision. I could not get real essence of old Beijing. Only under the suggestion of my friend, I took the rickshaw. The driver is local Beijing people. He grew up in this land getting much about this familiar place. On the whole journey, he gave us much information about each Hutong. What is the most interesting is each Hutong has certain name. Some of them are named after the people's name. Some are for commemorating some affairs. We enjoyed the stories the driver telling and appreciate the tranquil street. Sihe Courtyards arranged neatly lured us every minute. We got off and entered into. Wow, so many flowers planting around the yard, very warm and cozy. Local residence gave us the warmest greeting with authentic old Beijing dialect. Listen to them talking, I felt I have gone back home. There is always the cordial feeling around me. Yes, it is just the old Beijing lifestyle.

Without Appreciating Beijing Opera
Peking Opera

Another method is just appreciating the old Beijing art - Peking Opera. I liked Peking Opera very much though I do not understand the real meaning. To be honest, I am very interested in the performing style and their face painting. Sitting in the theater, sipping a cup of tea with the old Beijing people to enjoy the quintessence of China, it is truly an enjoyment. With decorated with the traditional style, the theater is full of old Beijing tastes. Appreciating the performers dressing the unique style clothes, I felt I have become a member of them. The environment is kept tranquil without disturbing. After seeing the performance, on the way back to my hotel, I passed through the narrow street. Faint light under the moon make all the houses become the delicate treasure.

I thought they will be kept forever not the best preserved appearance but the inner atmosphere and traditional tastes. I will never forget the old Beijing visiting experience!