Nanluogu Xiang (南锣鼓巷) is among one of the oldest hutongs around and has a history of over 800 years. Formed by lines of traditional courtyards called Siheyuan (四合院), hutongs represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing with some of them associated with historic events. The easiest way to get to Nanluogu Xiang is by subway. Simply alight at Nanluoguxiang Station on Line 6 and make your way to the hutong. In my opinion, the commercialized hutongs are indicated by the red lanterns hung on the trees and the crowd of tourists. That’s where you can purchase souvenirs and have some light bites. Once you walk out of the commercialized hutongs, that’s where the adventure begins. As a traveller who enjoys experiencing the lives of the local people and capturing their daily activities, the hutong culture is an amazing experience. Although the buildings are most likely restored, I’m glad.
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