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Hutongs (胡同)
Hutongs (胡同)

Hutongs (胡同)

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site
Ranked #15 in Beijing things to do
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Hutongs are a type of narrow street or alley, most commonly associated with Beijing, China.

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Los Altos, California, USA

This is an area south of the square that looks like old Beijing alleyways. Most of the alleyways has already been converted to new buildings, but they kept some old buildings for the old feel. We took a rickshaw ride. It was fun!

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San Diego, California

This was one of my favorite experiences in Beijing. We hired a rickshaw driver and took a Mr. Toad's Wild Ride through the narrow streets. Photos do not do it justice; I have a great video of the ride. At one point our rickshaw clipped a taxi, but no worries, we just kept on going. It was great to see a little glimpse of old China.

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Santa Clara, California, USA
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Afterwards, we went on a pedicab (rickshaw on bike) ride along Old Beijing's Hutongs (narrow ancient alleys) to discover the sights and sounds of local Beijing life in these traditional Chinese neighborhoods, seeing the locals as they went about their daily activities. We toured the maze-like alleyways and courtyard houses before having a delicious lunch served at a local family home. Afterwards, came one of the most exciting sales transactions of all time. As we sped away on our pedicab through the Hutongs, a Chinese lady cut us off on her bike at one of the intersections and offered to sell us some beautiful scarves for an excellent price. Matching us peddle for peddle while avoiding oncoming traffic, we conducted the shotgun sales transaction on the fly, with her tossing her bag of scarves over to us and back. Luckily, no accidents happened! Talk about spontaneous shopping!!!

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Santa Clara, California, USA

Visiting the hutongs (narrow streets and alleyways) in Beijing makes me recall fond memories of walking along the narrow streets and gasping for my breath as a crazy taxi driver barely skirts through the tiny lanes to get to my destination. The locals have lived here for decades and seeing the locals walk along the streets gives Beijing an air of peace and authenticity, which can be hard to find in this city. Supposedly, the government is in a manic hurry to modernize and is trying to demolish many of the hutongs. Make sure you go soon before a valuable piece of history is gone!

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Sydney, Australia

This is maybe the best reason to visit Beijing: the traditional (and sadly vanishing!) hutong courtyard-houses and their glimpse of Beijing's rich street life. An afternoon spent lost in the alleyways, watching old men play Chinese chess, and women buying vegetables or hanging wash out to dry, is the perfect glimpse of the *real* Beijing, as it was, and as it still is, if you know how to look. ;)

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Los Angeles, California, USA

This is as traditional as old China gets. Hutongs are now being phased out for a more modern China but if you do get to explore one don't pass the chance up. This is what China looked like up to about 20 years ago. It's unfortunate that the government must rid these types of places.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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A rickshaw ride through the hutongs of Beijing do seem very touristy, but they really are a glimpse of a typical Beijing life. To get the most out of the rickshaw ride, I suggest reading Rickshaw Boy by Lao She, one of China's most important works of literature.

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Denver, Colorado, USA

I am a big fan of wandering around and seeing what you see. The hutongs are a perfect place to do this if you can. As modernization continues in Beijing, many of these locations are being leveled to make way for newer structures. The hutongs display a unique glimpse of life worth finding.

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George Town, Malaysia

typical old fashion chinese houses. some of them are dated back to the yuan dynasty in the 13th century when genghis khan conquered beijing in 1206. sadly in the name of modern development, many of the hutongs are being demolished to be replaced by new buildings. i mean those fancy futuristic looking ones.

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State College, Pennsylvania

This is a great look at the China of yesterday. The streets and homes are as they were. Take a pedicab/rickshaw ride to see the neighborhoods. We were taken into one of the homes (2 rooms) to see the inner courtyard and house.

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Foster City, California, USA

Great area around the lake with nice cozy bars and restaurants. Hutong is the oldest area in Beijing with very narrow streets.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

The hutongs are the traditional residential neighborhoods of Beijing. Most have been bulldozed but a few remain. You'll recognize them when you see them but may need to hunt for them. There are some preserved hutongs near the Forbidden City. They aren't quite as authentic but will still give you a taste of what they were like.

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Madrid

You miss it, you miss Beijing.

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Graz, Austria

Take a Ride with Rikscha and go in a grocery... Cool Impression of China ..

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好大的雨…

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Toluca, México

Es justo lo que se espera visualmente de china, aunque está llena de comercio para turistas, son interesantes para ver

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Tripoli, Lebanon
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