Shijia Hutong

Shijia Hutong, Beijing: Address, Shijia Hutong Reviews: 4/5

Shijia Hutong
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Tony C
Bedford, UK981 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is an area of Beijing which is very different to the crowded centre. It’s an area of narrow streets and alleys that you can walk around and see the capital from a locals perspective. Unfortunately for the residents these areas are being demolished by central government to be replaced by new housing.
Nearby there is also a small shopping centre by a lake.
Whilst we were in the area we also enjoyed a Calligraphy demonstration which we participated in (a nice addition to our afternoon)
Whilst not a must see it was a pleasant afternoon
Written October 1, 2019
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chutotoro
339 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Had the privilege of staying at one of the hotels located in this hutong. We shifted to another hutong lane a few days later and could immediately tell that shijia hutong is better maintained than the other. Shijia was much cleaner and there were efforts to plant trees along the roadside. The walk through the narrow lane was relaxing and peaceful. There was a free hutong museum along the hutong and it was a must visit.
Written September 25, 2019
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Carthage D
Martin, TN818 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is what would be considered an upscale hutong by Chinese standards. It was originally built by the brother of the emperor. Structures are more substantial and a better building quality than your normal run-of-the-mill hutong.

The houses intermingled with the local shops make for an interesting walk. Twenty or thirty years ago most of Beijing looked somewhat like this.

The shops are neat to browse through and the neighborhood folks are friendly.
Written March 14, 2019
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Athens, Greece2,741 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
If you want to see how they used to live in the past go past the hutongs and some are small living like that with shared bathrooms on the street .
Written December 10, 2018
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia644 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This was a fantastic place to wander through, grabbing some great street food to snack on and just enjoy the ambience.
Written September 4, 2018
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NIKOLAOS T
Euboea Region, Greece217 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Elegant place, traditional small houses and shops to buy odds and ends. Small food corners with authentic Chinese delights. Have cash with you. Difficulty to communicate in English...
Written February 18, 2018
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,074 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
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 majority of the ancient buildings and been demolished and replaced with modern, newly bricked. air-conditioned buildings. I saw no sign of how people lived in the ancient times, other than the information provided at the Shijia Hutong museum.

As a tourist attraction, I’ll rate this as a “poor.” Any old traditional elements that you see are just put on for tourists. I saw no rickshaws. However, I visited on a winter day. But in the summer months, I can even get a rickshaw ride in Toronto, Canada. Sure, there is a teahouse and maybe a few, but they exist in many cities and villages of China, and most are nicer than the one I went into here.

Look closely at the photos. These are simple, but relatively modern day buildings, made from modern day bricks and stucco. Little Chinese cultural history and traditional life can be seen on the street of Shijia Hutong.

On a percentage basis, I give very few “poor” ratings. This certainly is not worthy of an “average” or higher rating. If you have a few days to spend in Beijing, devote your time to the many superior places to see, and there are many of them. There are hundreds of real ancient villages in China. This is not one of them.
Written February 5, 2018
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Itravel0ne
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1,824 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
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.
Written October 22, 2017
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zzzzdoc1
Largo, FL610 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Had fun seeing the old hurting. It’s a very smart area that this was preserved. Some nice, small, old family homes, shops. Worth a visit
Written October 21, 2017
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ProfessionalFemale
Louisville, Kentucky143 contributions
Jul 2017 • Business
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!
Written July 21, 2017
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