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“crowded, with humans and vehicles vying to get through small lane” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Nanluoguxiang

Nanluoguxiang
Nanluoguo Xiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour
Ranked #38 of 1,198 Attractions in Beijing
4.0 of 5 stars 858 Reviews
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Biking Trails, Shops, Tours, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
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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“crowded, with humans and vehicles vying to get through small lane”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Probably is good if you like crowded, narrow streets but definitely not one for children. If you're young and hip, or not so young and still hip, then this place will appeal to you.

Didn't like the fact that large and small vehicles such as lorry, vans and motorcycles were trying to squeeze through the narrow lanes. Had to side-step up to the shop fronts and then, the shop owners weren't too happy as then we'd be blocking their shop entrance.

Visited on a Thursday evening after having dinner nearby. It was pretty dark by 9+pm. Lots of quaint shops, young stall owners who spread their wares onto the streets, or from their own vehicles. Entreprenours. The Starbucks there is quite interesting as well. So if you don't fancy squeezing, then can just have a cuppa and chill.

However, do take note of the time as the last train from nearest MRT leaves around 1030pm or so. It's quite hard to get a cab from there, but nevertheless, we made a speedy dash back to the train station via those trishaw looking but in fact is a motorised cab service that sits two pax. 20yuan (can't rem if it's per pax or per trip) to get us back to the nearest station (about less than 10 minutes journey but they do drive a bit dangerously).

Visited June 2013
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“Old charms yet trendy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

A great hutong turned trendy spot to get a peep into what the young Chinese are doing. Showcasing how an old narrow traditional street can be turned into a tourist attraction with simple ideas n effort without any destruction to old buildings.

Visited September 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Hutong districts of Beijing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Our tour group brought us to one such area. Some of our group took rickshaws & the rest of us walked with a local guide. It was fascinating & well worth the visit. The added twist for us was lunch in a local house. There were 17 of us in a small room being served by the owners with the food cooked in their home. The food was pretty good & better than some of the tourist restaurants we visited. Eamonn Reardon, Brisbane, Australia.

Visited September 2013
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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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Beijing, Beijing, China
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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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