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Reviewed July 28, 2012

A maze of tiny streets. Keep track of where you go. Rickshaw rides give you a tour and an overview of the place. They first asked for 200y, then 180y. I paid 80y by sticking to my bargaining. Once tour on rickshaw is over, you can walk the streets and go into quaint little shops. However, they are used to tourists and Americans are quoted the highest prices so bargain hard. Restaurants have higher prices than other local locations in Beijing but this place has atmosphere and isnt this why we are here in the first place?
They are renovating many buildings so it is more and more becoming a tourist place of what hutongs used to look like. Go on a Sunday morning and no crowds will be there, mostly the people who actually live there.

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Reviewed July 27, 2012

I have been to Beijing twice and each visit offered a tour that included the Hutongs – the traditional single story residential areas of old Beijing . In both cases bicycle trishaws, manned by toiling peddlers, transported me and my fellow tourists through narrow lanes to the selected house where we were able to see how the locals live.

On my recent visit we visited one of the ‘quadrangles’ where a local family lived. We were told that most of the quadrangles in the Hutongs are owned by the government and rented to the families. However, this particular one was owned by the family and was worth a great deal. It seemed that the family made money by opening the quadrangle to tour groups (and other people passed through while we were there) and by offering B&B facilities. I was not sure how popular these would be as the rooms were extremely basic and the small kitchen with its grease laden extractor duct was decidedly shabby. However, this quadrangle had its own toilet facilities whereas apparently most Hutong dwellers have to rely on the communal toilets.

The Hutong tour is clearly very much a tourist attraction and you are unlikely to see trishaws anywhere else in Beijing.

Date of experience: May 2012
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Date of experience: December 2018
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