Historic Walking Areas in Beijing

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Historic Walking Areas in Beijing

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  • Rogério - 56+ countries visited
    Klaipeda, Lithuania850 contributions
    In the palace itself there isn’t much to do except going up the long stairs and appreciate the views. Suggest comfortable shoes.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Abusyed
    Tianjin, China42 contributions
    wow , no words to say about the beauty of the place, if you are looking for a place to take the photographs , this is the place , Recommended for night view , stunning beauty, lot of resturants ,boating, and enjoy the.scenaries .
    Written 1 June 2021
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  • André K
    Uitenhage, South Africa181 contributions
    This street is a great place to walk around especially in the evening. Nobody is pushing you to buy anything. The scenery is beautiful and there are so many shops and restaurants.It was an enjoyable experience!!
    Written 20 December 2019
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  • ceetom1
    Chino Hills, CA383 contributions
    Visited here in November before it got too cold. Came here after visiting the nearby drum and Bell towers, so there was enough to see in the neighborhood. There were places to eat and window shop with a nice easy vibe (NOT too crowded but by no means empty). There is a nearby lake where we saw tourists getting a ride in a covered bike by locals.
    Written 9 January 2020
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  • carlosymarce
    Ronkonkoma, NY213 contributions
    We took a rickshaw around the hutong and got to see how some locals live.
    Very tight little streets with shops and old homes. Also the riverside with restaurants and bars was very cool.
    Written 23 September 2019
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  • Carthage D
    Martin, TN827 contributions
    This is what would be considered an upscale hutong by Chinese standards. It was originally built by the brother of the emperor. Structures are more substantial and a better building quality than your normal run-of-the-mill hutong.

    The houses intermingled with the local shops make for an interesting walk. Twenty or thirty years ago most of Beijing looked somewhat like this.

    The shops are neat to browse through and the neighborhood folks are friendly.
    Written 14 March 2019
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  • penny_shopping
    Turku, Finland12 contributions
    It would be nice to take off at Zhangzizhong metro station to Dongsi hutong. The atmosphere is quiet and nice there though the weather was pretty cold (-10 degree and windy) on the day when I visited it.
    Written 8 January 2020
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  • Jeefer J
    Zhengzhou, China72 contributions
    This was what I expected Beijing to be like, or more of it than is left.
    Here is only a small part protected from old Beijing. Everything else has been torn down and replaced with “bigger and better“. We went on a tour to a family for dinner and asked a few questions.. Saw the way things were “once upon a time”. Enjoyed the Tai Chi in the courtyard and seeing a Cricket Trainer (yes, the insect cricket). Wandering round he Hutong restaurant district was also a nice Chang elf pace. They still have the pedicabs but I think here is a long wait for them. Interesting to people watch.
    Written 31 October 2019
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  • Traveller_Oldie
    East London, South Africa255 contributions
    We stayed overnight for 1 night on our way to Lingshan Mountains. Lovely little local village with some interesting sights. Great area to stay to explore the surrounding mountains and villages. Many different dried fruits on offer.
    Written 7 October 2020
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  • LG_Kay
    Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
    I arrived via Nanluoguxiang 南锣鼓巷 Station, lines 6 & 8, visited this hutong and then proceed to Shichahai 什刹海. This stretch of alley was rather quiet, as the majority of local visitors congregate along the touristic Nanluogu south-north alley. I wanted to visit the Wan Rong’s Former Mansion (No. 35 & No. 37) & Keyuan Garden (No. 9). Unfortunately, they were closed, with signs “No visitors allowed”. I suppose they are now private properties.
    Written 21 October 2019
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  • trgoben1
    Greenville, SC436 contributions
    This section of the wall is rather short but popular especially at night because it is lit up and accessible. The entry can be walk up or cable car at the base of Gubei Water Town which is a very nice new development with great hotels, restaurants and shops. If you go early in the morning you will probably have the Wall by yourself which is pretty cool.
    Written 28 May 2019
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  • Sarah
    Selangor, Malaysia30 contributions
    Because I went there during winter, so it was really cold up there. There are quite a number of temples at the first phase. As you go further up, there will be also temples.
    Written 21 January 2020
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  • 48HTLee
    Singapore, Singapore112 contributions
    Easy to go there by subway. Many rickshaw riders peddling for business. Unique way to go about in the streets. Went inside a “preserved” village and the owner explained some history behind her house. Should try Mr Shi’s Dumpling if you are here.
    Written 25 June 2018
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  • TanSuoTravel
    London, UK264 contributions
    The Panlongshan or "Coiling Dragon Mountain" Section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections that is open to tourists but hasn't as yet been officially restored, meaning it is one of the last remnants of the wild Great Wall. For this reason, parts of the wall are crumbling and vegetation peeks through the cracks, endowing this section with a certain ruined beauty.

    If you want to visit this breathtaking section of the wall, you will probably need to dedicate at least a day or perhaps 2 days to get there first. You can either hire a car/taxi directly from Beijing, which will take just over two hours, or you can take public transport, which may take upwards of 4 hours. You'll first need to get the 980 Express bus from Dongzhimen Station in Beijing to Miyun (密云) and then transfer to 密25, which will take you to the small town of Gubeikou (古北口镇). You'll want to get off at the second stop in Gubeikou. For this reason, we'd recommend staying overnight either in Gubeikou or at one of the guesthouses near to the base of Panlongshan.

    Gubeikou itself is a picturesque little town with plenty of history. It once served as a garrison town along the Great Wall and is littered with a number of small temples, as well as several old buildings. The town is currently being developed for tourism, so be sure to visit it as soon as possible before you lose the chance to see it at its most authentic!

    Once you arrive at the entrance to Panlongshan, you can either go left or right. If you choose to go left, the views are incredibly beautiful, but you will only be able to hike for about 2 hours before you reach a dead-end, as this part of the wall becomes dangerous to the point of being impassable. Alternatively, if you go to the right, you can hike for about 2 hours along the wall itself, then take a 1 hour hike through the woods, which will eventually take you to the west entrance of the Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall. This means you can normally hike both sections of the wall in one day, although be advised that you will need to pay for a separate entry ticket to the Jinshanling Section.

    If you're feeling peckish or dehydrated, there's usually a woman selling drinks and ice cream at the west entrance. If you can't find her, just walk a little further up the road and you'll find her shop, which sells ice-cold drinks, coffee, and some snacks.

    Personally, we feel the best time to visit this section of the wall is either during spring, when the blossoms are in full bloom, or in autumn, so that you can admire the changing leaves. The weather during these seasons is particularly comfortable for hiking, whereas summer can be unbearably hot and winter can be too chilly.

    If you want to truly head off-the-beaten-track and experience the Great Wall at its most wild, then this is definitely the section of the wall you should visit!
    Written 8 May 2019
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  • nellielim
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
    This ancient hutong is near Yonghegong Lama Temple and the Confucius Temple. It has retained the charm and culture of traditional Beijing with its new restaurants and hidden bars and quirky fashion stores and boutiques. A nice area to explore and relax with some nice drinks and music in the many bars in the area.
    Written 5 April 2017
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