Besides, the Great Wall, Forbidden City & Houhai Bar Street, i truly enjoyed the rickshaw ride through the Hutong.
Courtesy of our tour guide, we got to visit an old hutong house and even had lunch in one of them where a local family lived & provided us with local meals.
It felt as though i was stepping back into time where the houses were built differently with courtyards, there was the shared public bathrooms outside with no doors, no stalls (it was quite a shock going in and seeing another lady so visibly using the toilet), the narrow alley-ways filled with bicycles instead of cars.
It was a good experience just getting out of the hustle-bustle of the modern, busy city life of Beijing and all it's traffic.
I would recommend taking some time just living in or dining like the locals.More