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Essence Tour of Beijing - Follow the Steps of Hutong (2)

Continue last tour guide, we will go on our ancient Beijing tour for this time.

Beijing Dashilan

Line 2: Xijiaominxiang – Dashilan Street – Zhushikou – Liulichang Street
Xijiaominxiang, located at south of Xicheng District in Beijing, starts from Tiananmen Square in east to Qianmen in west, turn south, you will get to the Dashilan Street. After rebuilt, Dashilan has no old-fashioned place, but some small hutongs, located west of Dashilan Street, keep many the original feelings of Dashilan.

Along with Qianmen Street to south, you will arrive at Zhushikou West Street. Passed the Catholic Church, Fengze Garden, Former Residence of Ji Xiaolan, Huguang Guild Hall, etc, turn north, and you arrive at Xinhua Street. After walking distance in 700 meters, you can find the Liulichang Street, which is a famous cultural street. Many shops here sell the four stationery treasures of the Chinese study. Constructions on each side are all the Chinese classic construction with obvious features of time. Walking along this old street, you have chance to talk with the shop owners and hear some old stories about this street.

Beijing Nanluoguxiang

Line 3: Juer Hutong – Nanluoguxiang
Located at Jiaodaokou South Street, Juer Hutong has a mansion of Rong Lu, who was the governor university in Qing Dynasty. With white wall and black tiles, the courtyard has the feelings of perfect combination of southern and northern. Out of the west of Juer Hutong, you will arrive at Nanluoguxiang, which has 8 hutongs in west and east arranged tidily. In recent years, more and more bars and creative shops appeared in Nanluoguxiang. After Salitun and Shi Cha Hai, Nanluoguxiang has become the third famous bar street in Beijing. Riding from south to north, you can explore the history and flourishing of Nanluoguxiang.

Beijing Longfu Temple

Line 4: Donghuamen – Nanchizi – Pudu Temple – Huangchenggen Street – Dengshikou – Fuqiang Hutong – Dongchang Hutong – Longfu Temple – Dongsi – Neiwubu Street – Lumicang Hutong
It is worth to visit the hutongs in Dongcheng District. There are various rich family in ancient times, so some courtyards has kept the ancient style, even though many of them has been used as the residences of ordinary people. Without the glory of ancient times, these courtyards still have some feelings of rich people and celebrities from the stone lions in front of gate. May be just the old tree in yard has memory about this courtyard in ancient times. The Imperial Palace Wall Relics Park, rebuilt by government, has comfortable environment. At weekend, you will find many people take exercise or playing here.

The essence tour of ancient Beijing is suspended now, but the cultural and historical deposits of ancient Beijing have been continued from generation to generation.

Essence Tour of Beijing - Follow the Steps of Hutong

When the traffic jam, vehicle exhaust and no parking lot affect the convenient and mood of driving, bike, the once outdated transportation media, nobly become the favorite choice of trip and leisure under the call of low-carbon lifestyle.

Low-carbon times, riding bike for trip is an ideal choice. No matter the locals or guests, prepare or rent a bike to visit the hutong in inner of Beijing in leisurely time, you will have better feelings. Parking in the front of some interesting shops, choosing the wonderful goods or taste the local snacks, you are harvest enough in this special Beijing tour. Follow us quickly!

Essence of Beijing - Hutong

Beijing, the gathering place of hutong, has various famous and non-famous hutongs. The composition of chess game and the laugh of aunts are the sceneries in hutongs forever. In the courtyards of hutongs, always there are old trees and do not know how old they are, may be the jujube tree, cypress or Chinese scholar tree. When the sun is shining brightly, aged people talked with each other and kids playing around this tree. I guess, it is happiness for most of ordinary people.

Start from North Street of Dianmenwai, you can visit the Drum and Bell Tower first. Walking south along with the Drum and Bell Tower, you will find the Yandaixiejie, the oldest oblique street in Beijing, located at north of Dianmen, about 230 meters in length. You could not belittle the short street, it gathers various characteristic shops, restaurants and wine bars. They decorate this street livelier.

Yinding Bridge

Out of Yandaixiejie, it is the famous Yindingqiao Bridge. It is said that you can see the distance Xishan Mountain in fine day. That is one of the Yanjing Eight Scenes. Pass the Yindingqiao Bridge, you should have good time among hutongs in Shi Cha Hai area. Built depend on the terrain, these hutong is natural. Anyone courtyard here, you could find the historical site easily.

Riding the bike, you are leisurely in lively hutongs, to enjoy the sunshine and strong Beijing culture in the air, and surrounding your soul.

Wandering in these hutongs, you are lucky to find many interesting things and delicious tastes. Just walking and wandering, you have good time in afternoon of Beijing…

Nanluoguxiang - Famous Hutong in Beijing

After a stop for refreshment in Shichahai, head east on Guloudajie Road into one of Beijing's few remaining hutong neighborhoods, with narrow alleys and single story traditional courtyard houses. Hutongs once dominated the city, but in recent years many have been leveled in the name of modernization. Trishaw drivers hang around offering tours, sitting on it I fount others rent bikes to travel around. It is a better and not to mention healthier way to get pleasantly lost in the back lanes around the Drum and Bell towers. It's not hard to find one of numerous small bicycle shops nearby. If you are interested in it, just try and enjoy!

Nanluoguxiang - Famous Hutong in Beijing

If you're keen on retail therapy, one must-see hutong is Nanluoguxiang in the Gulou, or Drum and Bell Tower district, which has several kilometers of shops, galleries and cafés that range from the chic to the kitschy. You'll find lots of cool T-shirts here featuring tricked-out images of everything from Mao Zedong to garden gnomes, very interesting.

Here is a unique shop called Guo Ke. It is a popular restaurant in Nanluoguxiang. Antique signs and the small courtyard with sunny became the unique characteristics. Every detail of Guo Ke restaurant is showing the "light vicissitudes of life". The most popular snacks there are mutton pizza and flax milk tea. Every afternoon, you will find it full of consumers. Another popular store in Nanluoguxiang is "Matches Quotations". It is a unique matchbox shop. Walk into the shop, as if you were falling into a "Matchstick Paradise". The store patterns of colorful matchbox making a visual mess. In "Matches Quotations", whether it is the production or the price, a box of matches is like a work of art, from the classics to historical figures, weapons schoolmates from the Peking Opera, only ten a few square meters of cabin full of colorful boxes, the slogan printed on the great variety of matchbox full of a sense of humor.

When the weather becomes warmer, on both sides of the hutong, there are many stalls with goods spread out on the ground for sale. Here you could also see the foreigners selling goods with fluent Chinese.

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