Meet your guide and small group near central Beijing’s Nanluoguxiang metro station. Then, set off on foot into Nanluoguxiang hutong, a 2,624-foot (800-meter) long street dating from the 18th century, and lined with antique houses, galleries, stores, and family-run restaurants.
Explore the side lanes of traditional courtyard homes and quaint shops, and learn about hutong life past and present from your guide. Stretch your legs along the main street, passing brightly lit bars, coffee shops, and gift outlets, and enjoy free time to shop (own expense) and sample street snacks (own expense) from the food stands.
Then, visit the neighborhood’s Great Leap Brewing brew-pub. This hip bar serves craft beers made by the Great Leap microbrewery — the first of its kind in Beijing. Savor a beer as you hear more about the hutongs, and then pass the Drum and Bell Towers on route to Yandaixejie hutong, one of Beijing’s oldest.
Take in this charming area and arrive at Houhai Lake Bar street: an old lakeside quarter packed with trendy bars.
Your tour ends here when your guide departs, leaving you to continue exploring independently while also showing you nearby Dianmen station for when you want to return to your hotel.