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Mosted Asked Questions about Beijing Hutongs

When is Nanluoguxiang Hutong Opening hours? Is possible to visit during the night?

It is possible to visit the Nanluoguxiang at night since the hutong opens all the way, but we highly suggest you visit the Nanluoguxiang Hutong after 10am and before 10pm. There are many shops will closed around 9:30pm. Some restaurants and bars may past mid night to 1 or 2am. You can go to visit this hutong in the morning or the late night if you want to skip the crowds, it is one of the most famous hutongs and shopping streets in Beijing.

Will be easy to visit Nanluoguxiang Hutong on my own or need to book a tour guide?

Yes, it will be easy to visit the Nanluoguxiang on your own by public transportation, you can take the taxi or Beijing subway to reach the street. The street is about 800 meter long with 2 sides full of small shops and restaurants, you just follow the people walk into the main street once you get there. But there are some other attractions nearby that featured with the culture and history, highly recommend you book a tour package or tour guide to take you visit the area nearby the Nanluoguxiang hutong when you travel to Beijing.

Is Nanluoguxiang Hutong Area a good place for the Bar Hopping at Nights?

Yes, definitely. Nanluoguxiang is also known as the third most popular bar street in Beijing. The bars here are usually small ones, but attractive and warm. Usually, local youn people or foreign visitors come to this place to have fun. There are a lot of interesting restaurants, bars, coffee shops and shops there. The most popular bars in Nanluoguxiang hutong are 16 MM Bar, Hongtongr Bar, Lao Wu Bar, Pass by Bar and more.

My daugther want to experience the traditional rickshaw in Hutong, could you advise how to take it?

Taking the traditional rickshaw is the most popular and interesting way to go around the narrow alley when you take a visit to the Nanluoguxiang hutong. There are some place where you can hire a rickshaw, such as near the Drum Tower, Nanluoguxiang or Sichahai Area. Actually, you can see many rickshaw nearby the hutong. Getting on a rickshaw will make your trip much easier as the drivers are the eyes and noses of the city and know where to take you on the adventure. There are different rickshaw ride route for you choose and the hutong rickshaw market is controlled and operated by hutong travel agencies so the fare is fairly transparent. But still be careful when you book. Avoid using independent rickshaw drivers and avoid directly negotiating prices with them.

What are the top things to do in Nanluoguxiang Hutong?

Nanluoguxiang known as the most popular hutong for the domestic and western tourists, but it's truely a good place to taste the authentic Beijing culture. When you travel to Nanluoguxiang hutong, you can do some shopping for the Chinese handcrafts and souvenirs, there are many shops along the street; You can try lots of the various local snacks, a good thing to do if you are interested in the food culture of Beijing; Pay a visit traditional chinese courtyard and have the local family visit, you will know about the Beijing hutong culture and get a deep understanding of the people's daily life here; What's more, experience the traditional rickshaw ride to go around the zigzag lane in Hutong, it is the most popular and fun way to visit Nanluguxiang hutong with your family or friends.

What is special about Nanluoguxiang hutong? Why it became the most popular hutong among other hutongs in Beijing?

The hutong is so common in Beijing that you might get the feeling that seeing one is seeing them all. The difference for the Nanluoguxiang hutong is a retail paradise along with being primarily residential. Running for about a half-mile from East Gulou Street to Di’anmen East Street in the city’s Dongcheng district, the founding the hutong and its surrounding neighbourhood date back to the middle 18th century. As a result, the alley is lined with a variety of structures that typify the ancient architecture of the Yuan Dynasty. There are literally dozens of small shops next to galleries and family-run restaurants ranging from the very traditional to the ultra-modern.

Can you arrange a local family cooking tour nearby the Nanluoguxiang hutong when we finish the sightseeing there?

Yes, the cooking tour near the Nanluoguxiang hutong is available. We provide the great opportunity to learn about local food culture and the daily food at local family, learn how to cook from the owner. You can learn how to make Chinese dumpling, Jiao Zi in chinese. If you book the Nanluguxiang hutong cooking tour with us, our guide will pick you up from your hotel and show you around the hutong with a detailed explaination.

How much is the Nanluoguxiang hutong ticket? How does it take to visit the Nanluoguxiang?

Nanluoguxiang hutong is free open for public, there is no entrance tickets for visiting this place. As for the time for visiting, it all depens on how to visit, walking, cycling or rickshaw ride, the visiting time is different. Normally, it takes 1-3 hours to visit here. If you just wander around casually, half an hour is enough.

We need to catch the high speed train to Xian after the Nanluoguxiang tour, could you advise how to get to Beijing west train station from Nanluoguxiang?

It is convenient to get to Beijing west train station from Nanluoguxiang hutong area. The distance between them is about 15KM, it takes about half an hour by driving. You can take taxi or subway to reach the train station on your own after the tour. Taxi is the most convenient way for you, just ask a taxi near the Nanluoguxiang hutong, shows your destination to the driver, they will take you the train station directly; If you want to avoid the rush hour or traffice, subway is a good option, but need a transit. You can take line 6 from Nanluoguxiang station, then transfer to line 8 at the South of Baishiqiao station, get off at the Beijing West Train Station.

Will be Nanluoguxiang hutong crowded during the Chinese golden week? We are planing to travel to from USA in Oct.

Yes, Nanluoguxiang hutong and other tourist spots, such as Forbidden city, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall are much more busy during the Chinese holidays. If you will travel to Beijing during the golden week and want to visit the Nanluoguxiang hutong, you can visit this place before the crowds come here, or late evening. Normally, 12:00pm-19:00pm is the busiest time to visit Nanluoguxiang.

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