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I spend a few months a year in China and love spending time in its ancient villages. Thus when I heard that the Hutong area of Beijing was essentially the village from which Beijing grew, I eagerly visited the area. To my disappointment, the vast...More
Wander into this small streets and alley and glimpse into the traditional house and way of life. Away from the very modern Beijing. No doubt a bit of getting used to it but you come away appreciate more on Beijing and life.
I am happy that I visited the Hutong area. Also, I took toured an individual complex and learned a lot during the tour. The tour afforded me a look into the traditional living style in Beijing and how difficult life can be. Highly recommend!
Shijia Hutong is close to Dengshikou station, and handy to Wangfujing. If you're staying in this area, it's worth visiting. It's a pretty tree-lined street, with a small museum in one of the old courtyard houses and a couple of gift shops that have quality...More
A wonderful old hutong with loads of traditional elements and Chinese character. It also has a very informative Hutong Museum and The Red Wall Garden Hotel is a great place to have a meal in their open air Courtyard Bistro.
We were with a guide and walked around this area along the narrow streets and lane ways. It was lovely just to wander and take in the history. The tiny houses were fascinating with their old doors and roofs. It was a shame that our...More