How to Visit Nanluoguxiang Hutong in Beijing

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Turning over the thick cover of Beijing’s modernity, you will see the old and authentic Beijing with a rich cultural and historical history.

A trip to Nanluogixiang Hutong(南锣鼓巷)  brings you back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368)  when the earliest hutongs and courtyard houses along Nanluoguxiang started to be built.

Now almost every Beijing first-time visitor wants to be lost in the maze of Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷)hutong teemed with side lanes.  People want to be lost in the past, in the tradition, in the passing  passengers, in a fad and in the future. Time is flying here and getting older.

Plan your Beijing tour? A walking tour of Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷)is definitely recommended.  Nanluoguxiang Hutong looks quiet and peaceful against the buzz of the crowds flocking here every day.

The 786-meter long south-north Nanluoguxiang Hutong (南锣鼓巷) is lined with numerous trendy bars, yummy restaurants,  unique hostels, lively themed stores and itinerant vendors.

There are also 8 hutongs hidden on the east and west sides of the main and wider lane of Nanluoguxiang(南锣鼓巷)  as well as former residences and mansions where loyal families and celeraties who once lived.

If you are interested in Beijing’s traditional architectures, Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷)won’t let you down. Its vernacular courtyard houses, grey-colored, accompanied by old trees, showcase the solid books of Beijing’s traditional architecture.

Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷)is easily accessible by Subway Line 6 and get off at the station of Nanluoguxiang. Then enter the south entrance to Nanluoguxiang and exit from its north.

You can also walk further northward from Forbidden City’s northern gate to Nanluoguxiang over half a hour.

You can also walk from Forbidden City’s northern gate to Nnaluoguxiang.

The southern entrance has over dozens of placards to illustrate the past and present of Nanluoguxiang(南锣鼓巷).

One storey grey building and brick paved road

One storey grey building and brick paved road
One storey grey building and brick paved road

Special and yummy restaurants

Special andyummy restaurants
Special and yummy restaurants

Fashionable girls and cool red lanterns

Traditional grey-colored buildings lined along the lane

Traditional grey-colored builings lined along the lane
Traditional grey-colored buildings lined along the lane

Nangu Renjia Snack Restaurant

 Nanluo Renjia Snack

Nanluo Renjia Snack

A fashion store

A fashion store
A fashion store

Say Goodby to Nanluoguxiang

Say goodbye to Nanluoguxiang
Say goodbye to Nanluoguxiang

Peking Downtown backpacker Hostel

Peking Downtown backpcker Hostel
Peking Downtown backpacker Hostel

A back lane

A back lane
A back lane

Carpenter Shop

Carpenter Shop
Carpenter Shop

A rickshaw

A rickshaw
A rickshaw

A happy chat

A happy chat
A happy chat
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Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


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How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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