This sleek plaza—a favorite of expats and hip locals—is ringed with shops. Though there are many Western labels like Sandro and Nike, there are also plenty of homegrown brands like i.t. and The Beast.
Dating back about one thousand years, these neighborhoods of narrow, twisting streets represent the "real life" of Beijing, where passageways connect to courtyards of traditional compact homes. Pedicab tours of the hutongs are popular tourist attractions that normally include the Drum Tower, courtyard neighborhoods and Prince Gong's mansion.