HUTONG BEI­JING

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A hutong is a nar­row lane in Bei­jing be­tween tra­di­tional folk houses, and in the past, the city was filled with hun­dreds of them. Un­for­tu­nately due to city con­struc­tion, many have been re­placed by to­day’s mod­ern streets. Now, no more than 1,000 re­main in the old town and have been trans­formed into com­mer­cialised tourist at­trac­tions filled with street food stalls, sou­venir shops, bars and a few shops selling goods to the lo­cals. Still, they are worth a visit. Two main ar­eas are the Shicha­hai and Bell/drum Tow­ers not far from The For­bid­den City, and the Qian­men and Dashilar Area near Tianan­men Square. Take a stroll along the twisted lanes of these hu­tongs to ex­plore the tra­di­tional homes for a feel of what it was like, or you can opt for the touristy thing to do which is to take a rick­shaw to guide you for a spe­cial tour.

TIP: Want a dif­fer­ent hutong tour? Rent a bike and ped­dle your way through the lanes.

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