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“Great fun. Grand place to visit.” 5 of 5 stars
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Nanluoguxiang
Nanluoguo Xiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour
Ranked #37 of 1,198 Attractions in Beijing
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Biking Trails, Shops, Tours, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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“Great fun. Grand place to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I've visited Nanluoguxiang a number of times across recent years and watched it become increasingly developed and popular. I've been there twice in the last week and, despite the throng, have still really enjoyed it. Indeed watching the Chinese having a good time has added to the enjoyment.

Tacky merchandise mixes with really quite interesting and individual shops. There has been an explosion of small food outlets of all sorts but, despite one reviewer's comment, you can still find
restaurants delivering very acceptable food. One such was Austen, a tiny spot in Xiao ju er hutong, a side street off the main area towards the end, where I had wonderful genuine Italian food, cooked by a young chef who'd trained under an Italian chef in a Michelin starred kitchen. Well worth seeking out.

I was back with friends in Nanluoguxiang yesterday evening and found it even more enjoyable then. It was quieter and more colourful with additional stalls set up all along the street. My companions were Chinese and we found a splendid Chinese restaurant in Ju er hutong, 200 hundred yards in on the left where I'd very happily eat again.

The whole area has traditional Beijing architecture and is a welcome change from so much of the city.

Visited September 2013
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“The most famous Hutong in Beijing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Nanluoguxiang is famous for the well reserved traditional Beijing architecture and living area for normal people in the long history. This area is good for a stroll in day time, night tour at the Hutong is also popular among tourist. A good place for any trip to Beijing.

Visited September 2013
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“Enjoyed walking around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This was one of the more busy Hutongs we visited. However despite that, the was a nice atmosphere whilst walking around.
We loved looking at all the small shops and restaurants and were absolutely fascinated by some of the food items which were being cooked on the outdoor grills. Personally I wouldn't eat them if you paid me! However other people seem to be buying the meat and fish kebabs and thoroughly enjoying them.
We also found a few silk, jewellery and chopstick stores to looks round whilst there, which were fascinating.
If you aren't up for some of the quieter hutongs, then this is a safe bet to go wondering around.

Visited September 2013
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“A taste of real china”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Whilst visiting Beijing definitely make sure you visit at least one Hutong. They are worlds apart from the new western style Chinese street, however they give you a flavour of what Beijing used to be like.
As we were doing lots of,walking, we found a number of hutongs just by turning down random side streets, which were great to explore. There are some Hutongs, which have become toursity and offer rickhaw rides around them. You can pick up a ride at the back of the Forbidden city. Otherwise just explore at your own pace, which is great fun

Visited September 2013
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“Need to check these places out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Hutongs used to be all over Beijing.

However because massive modernization there are only a few spots where you can see Hu Tongs now.

You'll usually have to take a rickshaw to navigate to these places, cars will not fit through the narrow passageways.

If you have a chance you should definitely go to one to learn more about Beijing culture.

Summary-
If you want to learn about old Beijing you need to visit the Hu Tongs!
Great way to spend an afternoon you can go to these places to eat..they usually have the hole in the wall type of restaurants.

Visited June 2013
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