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Debra R wrote a review Mar 2018
Rogers, Minnesota357 contributions44 helpful votes
Our guide brought us here to experience lunch with a family in their home. Best meal we had the whole trip. Kindest hosts. We then did a rickshaw tour thru the neighborhood and followed up in another families beautiful home to paint masks. Oldest part of Beijing.
Date of experience: March 2018
CruzingCanuck wrote a review Nov 2017
Toronto, Canada19 contributions3 helpful votes
Not far from the Drum and Bell Towers are lakes and waterways and plenty of cafes and bars. On a sunny day locals come to stroll, or stop for a snack before heading off. A very calming spot in the midst of a big and busy city.
Date of experience: November 2017
Steve_of_N21 wrote a review Nov 2017
London, United Kingdom1,666 contributions995 helpful votes
We actually visited one of the courtyard houses in the CaoChang Hutong to the south of this one, but the principle is the same. With their narrow alleyways, single story traditional courtyard houses and public communal toilets which are not for the feint hearted Westerner, Hutongs once dominated the city, but in recent years many have been flattened and built over in the name of modernization. There are various tour companies that will take you round, or you can hire a Rickshaw driver or even better still rent a bike and explore at your own pace. For me this was one of the highlights of our visit to Beijing, and just as culturally interesting as the Forbidden City. Make sure it’s on your itinerary, because with the wave of building going on in Beijing its hard to say how long these glimpses of China’s history will remain.…
Date of experience: October 2017
BeeKind2014 wrote a review Nov 2016
Vancouver, Canada15 contributions2 helpful votes
We were pleased to have lunch with wonderful guests in the Quadrangles of Beijing. The food was good and it was great to see a family home, passed down from previous generations and obviously treasured by the family today.
Date of experience: October 2016
Maritauju wrote a review Apr 2015
Oudtshoorn, South Africa42 contributions9 helpful votes
This is was my first time visiting and staying in the Hutongs of old Peking and what a find it was! I loved it! It is safe, it is colourful, it is authentic and it is the place for the kind of visitor to a city that doesn't necessarily rate themselves or the experiences they require as 'tourist' . This is the real deal with lots of accommodation options, you can shop any trinket your heart desires, from kitsch to modern tongue in cheek takes on Chinese culture, pop-art at the 8-store. Take time to discover all the nooks and crannies that make up this intricate maze of streets and alleys. Restaurants for every possible pallet, even Starbucks made their way into the Hutong life. Walking around the lakes, in the Shichahai area is an experience in itself, I have to admit that taking a rickshaw is part and parcel of experiencing it. I suggest you take a rickshaw orientate yourself, and then hit the spots on foot! Bars everywhere with life music and street life is real and you can either slip into a side street - the Muslim Chinese restaurant was fantastic and really cheap - and sit with locals in a bar called 'shut up and drink'! Everyone is friendly and full of life! I would recommend a hotel/ B&B stay in a Hutong above any other spot in Beijing!…
Date of experience: April 2015