Lingdang Hutong

Lingdang Hutong, Beijing: Address, Lingdang Hutong Reviews: 3.5/5

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ileannkneel
Kelowna, Canada1,020 contributions
Hunting = Neighborhood
Dec 2019 • Solo
Yeah... it's just a residential neighborhood. Hutongs are everywhere... Lingdang is just one of many. I cannot imagine tourists finding great pleasure walking around my neighborhood where I live but a hutong s not like my neighborhood. Think small and squat connected homes fronting onto alleys and walkways that are lived in... not gleaming and shiny clean.. rather old and rundown but with character and an local style. Great for those who want to live like a local; not great for those who just want bling.

Note: I couchsurfed with a guy who lived in the hutong and it was a great experience learning how to live like a local. Loved it.
Written December 18, 2019
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silverbrook
London, Canada4,881 contributions
Gives you a different flavour of Beijing
Apr 2018 • Friends
Our group had a rickshaw tour through this area (I'm pretty sure it was this one). Going through the Hutong gives you a taste of what life is like for many people in this city. Our main guide for Beijing spent her childhood in a hutong, so we had the benefit of having some first person history to relate to during our tour. It was interesting to see the layout of all of the homes and what the quadrangle design signifies. Our host explained that the government is now trying to preserve some of the hutong buildings and is offering incentives to people to stay in these areas so their history will not be lost. Even though the streets and alleyways were quite narrow, I was surprised at how open and airy it felt inside our host's home. We had our best meal of our entire trip at another home in the hutong during our tour. Although I would not venture down these streets and alleyways on my own, I do recommend a guided tour so you can see 'the other side' of living in Beijing. I am happy that they are working to protect and preserve these areas.
Written May 6, 2018
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Blesjka
Dublin, Ireland347 contributions
Interesting view of local traditional life
Apr 2017 • Couples
This tour was interesting in that you get a sense of how life was in olden times. We got some great information in relation to how the courtyard buildings are organized and the meaning of the doors. Interesting
Written April 16, 2017
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Stephen M
Menai Bridge, UK255 contributions
I am sure there must be better examples than this
May 2016 • Solo
We had an organised group tour using the rickshaws and they took us through breeze block constructions which had no character at all. Stopped to look at a gate and then had tea with a local family - that was good. Find a better example elsewhere.
Written May 16, 2016
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Ann C
San Francisco, CA574 contributions
A "Cult" Experience ! It's WHO you know, not WHAT you know~ LOL
Oct 2015 • Friends
If you have heard about the good & bad of Hutong(s) of Beijing, then a CULT connection may lead you to a wonderland of something "unexpected"...Due to a numerous of inquiries about the Hutong through our tour guide (as I'v heard and read about even while growing up ) as the wonders of Hutong with particularly people from Beijing...the desires of a forbidden fruit were just as tempted as Eve with the delicious apple.

The tour guide finally agreed for a lunch within the Hutong with the rides of ri ckshaw through the layers and winding alleys as the secret cult with the unspoken signs and languages as we had arrived an almost unmarked old fashioned residential home then lead to a few rooms crowed in between homes and there was the lunch room right next a kitchen with two ladies cooking up the foods for you (and with a group just left before us).

As the foods were not be characterized as excellent and yet it was totally acceptable for what a last minute request can be accommodated.

The riding of the rickshaw and experiencing the small scale services vs large tour setting were worth every minute of it (the satisfaction of your curiosity can take place of many things in your life, sometimes.
Written November 5, 2015
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larkenRidgefield_CT
Ridgefield, CT4,882 contributions
Hutong is an old area of Beijing that the Government is trying to revive
Jun 2015 • Friends
We visited with some friends as this area was presented to us as a historic part of Beijing that we should not miss. The government is building homes and fixing areas and trying to draw tourists. We took a pedicab or rickshaw ride and our driver got lost. He spoke no English and we spoke no Chinese and much of the area he took us through was extremely run down! Finally he was able to find someone on the street who made some contacts and got us to the house where we were to have a homemade meal. The meal was excellent and Mr and Mrs Wong were very pleasant. Later a few of us climbed the Drum tower and attended a tea ceremony in the Bell tower. The area needs a lot of work but things seem to be moving in the right direction. would definitely not attempt to explore it without a group.
Written August 18, 2015
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Manuel Francis V
Singapore, Singapore81 contributions
Hutong Tour
Jun 2014 • Family
I visited the Hutong area through a travel agent on the cycle rickshaw. The area it self did not interest us much as this is an village kind of area within a big city. Similar areas you can find many cities in India, but if you have not been to such places OK. In my personal opinion if you have an limited time in Beijing then one could give it a miss. We had a 'traditional' lunch which was a bit interesting but overall at 150 Yuan per person I found this too pricey for the experience.

I have been to Intramuros in Manila which I found much more interesting than this.
Written July 8, 2014
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