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“Bohemian street”
Review of Nanluoguxiang

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Dating back about one thousand years, these neighborhoods of narrow, twisting streets represent the “real life” of Beijing, where passageways connect to courtyards of traditional compact homes. Pedicab tours of the hutongs are popular tourist attractions that normally include the Drum Tower, courtyard neighborhoods and Prince Gong's mansion.
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Bohemian street”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

If you are expecting to see the original hutongs of Beijing, then this is not quite the place as although the structures of the hutongs are retained, they have all been rejuvenated into rows and rows of bohemian shops ranging from restaurants to pubs to handicrafts shop. Definitely worth a visit either as a standalone trip, after dinner at Houhai, or before going to the pubs at Houhai.

Visited July 2012
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Hayward, California
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“Cultural expirience like no other”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

A visit here completes the visit to Beijing. It was a remarkable walk through the area seeing all the different shops, street vendors, artisans, and restaurants. So many amazing things to look at. The street is narrow and was very crowded with people both on the day we visited on foot (4pm) and the morning (8am) when we picked up another group for our tour of the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs outside of urban Beijing. The street was full of people so it’s hard to imagine that cars also come in and out of the area constantly but that’s really the only bad thing I noticed. The history of this place lends to its unique experience; one that I recommend to visitors who want a more traditional adventure in Chinese culture. A definite must do if but just one time. Couple the visit here with Beihai Park for a nice rounding of the Beijing cultural experience of sights, sounds and smells.

Visited April 2012
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Beirut, Lebanon
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“Very interesting but losing some authenticity”
Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

Yes, it is Old China and it is fascinating. But it is being cleaned up, which is not a bad thing thankfully, and renovated w new materials to look old. Still great that they can preserve some of the old flavor. We went twice. If you want to see the places, spend time and photograph and see locals, go on Sunday morning and you'll have the place to yourself. If you go on a Friday night, it will be crowded, noisy. Some bands play at night and it is livelier. Some shopping which is interesting there but try to bargain. They are used to tourists so don't come down on prices without much bartering. Stick to your prices.
Quanjude restaurant has great Peking Duck, popular so get there early or expect to wait, or go much later. You do need to see this area!

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“Lovely, lively, olden time walking street”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

We discovered this beautiful walking street through an local acquaintance. The street is quite artsy with lots of small one storey boutiques and restaurants...toilets are generally public!
One of the stands sold grilled scorpions and silkworms as well as other critters. We didn't try them but they looked very good. The street is probably just under 1 kilometer long and you feel you have left Beijing for another time. Despite the walkers it is relatively quiet and calm. When we were there boutiques closed only around 10 pm...
There was life music with a group of westerners and Chinese jamming.
Mandarin translation...nobody really understands if you ask it and forget about them reading roman alphabeth: 地址:北京市东城区南锣鼓巷
Tip: take a card from the hotel to find your way back!

Visited June 2012
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Beijing, China
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“Nice street at night”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

I really like Nanluoguxiang at night, it is very busy and you can find a lot of small bars and restaurants there such as the Salud (where they play a lot of live music with cheap prices). Much better than Houhai if you don't want to listen to Chinese pop music. The street is also very crowded during the day with tons of cloths and handcrafted stuff for sale. On sunny days, there are also a few places where you can actually have a drink on the rooftop and enjoy the sight of hutong roofs all around.

Visited June 2012
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