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How to Taste Real Beijing Life

Beijing is a city full of obvious contrasts, with imperial palaces and ancient alleyways crisscrossed with cutting-edge architecture and new shopping malls and tower blocks. Beijing may be running on a fast track but there is still a piece of old Beijing that gives you a taste of its fascinating past.

Beijing Hutong

What is Hutong Life Looks Like
While the rest of the city darting around at a breakneck speed, hutong comes alive at its own pace. With a walk down the Hutong area, you can easily find old men sitting on wooden stools in front of the bungalow, drinking beer, playing chess and chatting with neighbors. Hardly will you see a taxi out there but a few market-goers riding along on their squeaky rickshaws. The crisscrossed maze of lanes is packed with old and walled courtyards. More impressive courtyards are fronted by thick red doors with either a pair of lions or a pair of drum stones standing on both sides. Over the years most of the Hutong neighborhoods have been either torn down or converted into cramped one-storey bungalows, visited only though the narrowest of winding pathways. Living conditions are nothing fancy like those commercial areas in Beijing. The courtyard usually consists of a tiny shed-like kitchen and a few rooms, often with no private toilet. But the Hutong residences are very hospital and friendly.

How to Soak Up Hutong Life
Nowadays, with a large number of Hutong areas demolished, Hutong is on the brink of disappearance. Thankfully, in recent years, some of alleyway courtyards are well preserved, with buildings marked by white stone plaques. So a real taste of Hutong life is really worthwhile while visiting Beijing. The best way to taste the hutong life is to simply stroll down the alleys, either on foot or by bicycle. Best destinations to start your trip to Hutong include the areas surrounding the Drum Tower, as well as bar-filled street alley called Nanluogu Xiang and those alleys sitting to the southwest of Tiananmen Square, known as Dashilan. For those who really want to dig deeper into Hutong, you really should consider visiting the imperial hutong courtyards, including those once lived by those celebrities, former high-rank officials or princes, mainly concentrating in the area to the northeast of Jingshan Park, just north of the Forbidden City.

Overall, a Hutong experience while visiting Beijing is not to be missed!

How to Get Fully Relaxed after Busy Day Tour

Most of tourists in Beijing hold enough interests to admire each spot arranged for them. Usually you will spend much of the day time in the sightseeing. After a whole day busy tour, how to enjoy a fully relaxed? How to cultivate spiritual feeling to greet other attractions?

Choose a Nice Accommodation
Hotel in Beijing

In the large scale tourism industry, accommodation stands a very important part. Through the good time staying in the hotel, tourists could have a nice sleep. So choose a nice accommodation is extremely important. Distributed in Beijing city, the hotels could be divided into different classes, luxury, standard, budget, etc. Certainly, there are some no-star hotels with cheap price. For the tourists, who have enough money and want to enjoy luxurious service and environment, the high-star hotel is the ideal choice. By contrast, the lower price hotels are also satisfactory. No matter which kind of hotel you choose, one point needs your special attention. Please book your hotel in advance!

Enjoy Foot Massage
Foot Massage in Beijing

Apart from the fully relaxed in night, there is another method to relieve your body. It is just the foot massage. This kind of service has become the most popular enjoyment in the modern days. No matter which age - stage you are situated in, you could gain a lot from it. With traditional ideas and profound history, foot massage not only could keep your body in a very relaxed condition but also keep your body balanced and health. It stressed many ideas on the medical. All the nerves are gathered in the foot. The professional waiter could get you the fully relaxed according to massage different part. After the long-journey hiking and enjoying, Foot Massage will be must-do!

Enjoy Hot Spring
Hot Spring in Beijing

For the tourists after finishing the Great Wall hiking or the long journey appreciating, they will want to enjoy the whole body relaxed. In addition to the foot massage, most of them will tend to the hot spring. Get all the body in the medical water with considerate service and nice environment, no matter your soul or the physical body, you could get a fully rest.

After seizing these three points, your Beijing tour will be very easy to finish!

How to Soak up Scenic Houhai

A favorite haunt for visitors to Beijing and the most beautiful scenic areas, Houhai is a great place to take in ancient sights, natural beauty and traditional residences while visiting Beijing. Here is to how to soak up best of Houhai with a trip down there!

Hutong around Houhai

Discover Former Residences in Houhai
Stroll along the lakeside, you can head to plenty of famous former residences nearby - all within walking distance of the lake. If it is during the day, visitors can not only take in ancient sights over there but also pay a visit to those former residences which used to be home to a bunch of celebrities in China. At night you can head in a bar, teahouse to have fun or get some rest. The area is only a few steps away from the Yandaixiejie where you can appreciate curios, or head into Gongwangfu (once a prince mansion), the Fu Jen Catholic University and other sites, all worth a visit. Gongwangfu is home to the famous Heshen Mansion Garden, hailed as the largest courtyard in the world that represents the most complete Qing Dynasty prince mansion. Now the former residence has been open to Chinese and foreign visitors, and designated as cultural sites. Overall, there are plenty of other former residences worth exploring and it is a great way to explore essence of Houhai.

Soak up Culture Crash in Houhai
Lakeside teahouse in Houhai is designed based on Chinese traditional bamboo furniture and flower and bird freehand painting background. While listening to the Beijing accent, sip the tea and taste traditional Beijing snacks - you will get to soak u Chinese culture. Moreover, across the lake there are many old Beijing alleys, quadrangles in sight - a look at them just like flashing across the old movies. Out of the teahouse, strolling around the lake, neon lights are lit at night, which will reflect on the lake, Lake food stalls are already filled with all kinds of guests, many of them foreigners. Over the years, Houhai area has become home to the classical tradition and modern, Oriental culture and Western culture. Indeed, in the bustling metropolis Houhai has long been hailed as the must-go retreat, and such a wonderful place is really worth exploring near the lake. A visit to the lakeside and its surroundings will give you a chance to feel for the culture crash in Beijing.

Overall, Houhai scenic area makes for a great destination to explore essence of Beijing!

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