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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.