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“Interesting Street”
Review of Nanluoguxiang

Nanluoguxiang
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$50.00*
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Nanluoguxiang and Local people living Hutong...
Ranked #7 of 308 Shopping in Beijing
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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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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This street has a interesting collection of cafes, bakeries and other souvenir shops. It is often very crowded and frequented by the young chinese. This place provides a ideal place to chill in a cafe and watch the people along the streets.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We used Stretch-a-Leg to visit the Hutong area, Forbidden City and Tienanmen Square. Tony imparted a huge amount of knowledge and interesting facts on our day tour in Beijing. As this was a private tour we could go as fast or as slow as we wanted. Any information we wanted "which restaurant to try Peking Duck" Tony would share his suggestions. Meandering through the Hutong area where it was evident that Tony knew some of the locals was interesting and enabled us to see history and current local life at very close quarters.

1  Thank MM R
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

It is easily accessible by the subway. It is a long lane and surprisingly, the shops are different, unique and seem to be selling a wide variety of stuff unlike the Old town in Lijiang. This place attracts many young people and it provides a lovely stroll.

Thank Kim025Singapore
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I happen to stay for several days at Purple Courtyard (see review), about 100 meters from Nanluoguxiang street. So Nanluoguxiang became my daily haunt. Most of you readers probably already know the street is in the midst of some historic Hutongs. This particular street has been developed especially for the artists, foodies and small time traders, street hawkers. The atmosphere is very lively anytime of the day and the place is always crowded. We sampled many street foods and restaurants and none disappointed. The list is too long. Sit in restaurants, bars and cafes are small and reflects the creative side of each owner -- mostly providing a rustic and aged ambience. Shopping is generally on the slightly expensive side and bargaining is stores does not work -- though street hawkers would cut the price by 20-30% and not 1000% like some shops do at the Silk Market or HaoQian market. Shopping also reflects high level creativity and artistry……with prices to match. This is street to stroll down, sample the foods, and watch interesting combination of tourists and locals people. If you can find a place to stay around this area, do so by all means. Prices are on the higher side for the quality being offered. The premium comes for the location and not a fancy mattress or bathroom. Even Hostels run upwards of USD 50 (minimum), though dormitory beds at the YHI are going for about $25 if you can find one. The YHI hostel is one of the best you will find, reservations well in advance will be needed. All in all, you will love it. It is old Beijing at its best

Thank Mirza A
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I decided to explore this area on foot, and was very pleased that I did. The area I chose to walk around was near the Hou Hai man made lake area, and I intended to visit the Drum Tower while I was in the vicinity.
There were local people just sitting in the narrow lane ways enjoying each others company and chatting. The living conditions looked very pretty small from what I was able to see.
After being in the area for about 25 minutes, a big storm blew up which sent everyone running for shelter, this was interesting to see as courtyard areas opened up and people raced to get their washing and flee the rain. Like everyone I ran for shelter and didn't end up visiting the Drum Tower.
I was keen to see the hutongs but didn't want to spend a lot of time on a tour to do this. I felt very comfortable walking through this area on my own and I could go at my own pace. This was a good way to include a visit to the hutongs in my itinerary.

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