Explore Beijing's Historical Hutongs
Hutongs are the name of small and narrow lanes, alleys, or streets packed with single-story traditional houses along the both sides mainly in Northern China cities, especially Beijing. Originally formed in the Yuan Dynasty, Beijing Hutongs welcomed their heyday during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911) and became an irreplaceable part of Beijing's ways of life for centuries. Nowadays the number of remaining Hutongs could not be as thriving as its past and a majority of the existing ones have been transformed into tourist attractions associated with street food, boutiques, coffee shops and bars. With the richness of history and culture passing through imperial eras until the modern days, hutongs proudly encapsulate all the essences of Beijing, give a close insight to the old lifestyle of ordinary Beijingers, and have special appeal to tourists. As one of the most iconic historical landmarks representing offering a real eye-opener of the local culture, historical Hutong is a must-stop attraction usually included in every classic Beijing excursion. Tourists can choose exploring Hutongs by rickshaws, bicycles, or strolling along the narrow alleys and slowly embracing the historical ambiance and old world charm of the place.