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“Self Tour to Nanluoguxiang and Drum & Bell Tower”
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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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Take metro Line 6 to the (Nanluoguxiang) station. The entrance to Nan Luogu Xiang street is directly across the street as you exit from the metro (either exit a or B, doesn't matter).
As you walk up Nan Luogu Xiang you will pass many Hutong side streets (take a stroll). Also on Nan Luogu Xiang you will see lots of shops, boutiques, restaurants, street food and souvenier shops.
If you want to see the Drum & Bell Towers, continue on Nan Luogu Xiang until Gulong Dong Dajie - which is a main street. Turn (Left) on Gulong Dong Dajie, which as many store fronts and restaurants.
From the Drum Tower, you can get good photos of the Hutong areas. FYI- the Drum & Bell Towers are not lit up at night like the towers in Xian.
The towers are very close to the Hou Hai lake are, with its bars.
The nearest metro from the towers is (Gulou Dajie), which can be accessed by walking up Jiugulou Dajie street.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

This was an add on to our tour due to all the positive reviews. Some said "highlight of our trip"
Well they must have seen something we didn't. Firstly the carriage drivers literally fought over who would get to drive those in our group...unnerving. The Hutongs were dirty, trash strewn everywhere. We were taken to a house within the Hutongs for an "authentically " prepared meal. Only it was the son's bedroom converted for the day for our meal. Small, cramped, and quite frankly I felt very uncomfortable with the poverty these people live with Our hostess explained there were 4 houses with one common "courtyard" that everyone dug a hole and urinated in.
She enjoyed the " social exchange of conversation" while relieving themselves. OMG I could not get our of there fast enough. I will add that our hostess was a kind, attentive person eager to please her guest. It was both a sad and unpleasant reminder of how lucky we Americans truly are.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Nanlouguxiang Hutong is located in Dongcheng dist,Beijing. It is close to Beihai Park and Hou hai. You can enjoy traditional flavor of Chinese life here. The hutong( streets) has many shops, bars, stores, galleries, local food shops, restaurants and hostels.
You can find some Tibetan shops where you can find Tibetan art staffs. There are many houses with traditional Chinese architecture.You can go there by subway line 6. there is the Nanlouguxiang station. there are some toy store, Chinese gifts, souvenir shops. Street foods are really tasty here.you can feel the traditional Beijing life here.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

Old hutongs turned into little boutique shops and cafes. Very pleasant but go elsewhere if you want to see what a real hutong is like. We went on a Sunday so it was packed with young Beijing residents on a day out.

Thank LMK63
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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

Now if you are into street foods and delicious snacks along the way. This is the place to be. The food is aromatic and stimulates your smell senses.
On top of that shopkeepers here do not charge you differently unlike Wangfujing street. A must visit for Beijing. And the mrt of the same name is nearby so transportation is easy.

Thank JonathanLin1
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