Last Update: 8th October 2020
What are the Beijing Hutongs ?
Hutongs in Beijing are a product of a long history. It reflects the history and culture of Beijing. When you spend sometime chatting with locals at Hutongs, you will find that every hutong features its own story. All of them had legendary experiences. Countless stories have happened to Hutongs.
- Chinese Name: Hutong (胡同)
- Total: Currently over 7,000 hutongs
- Things to do there: Photography, Beijing Culture and History, Hiking, Cycling, Rickshaws
- Who visits: Photographers, Chinese Culture and History Lovers, Adventure Enthusiasts
- Time required: Based upon your preferences (30 minutes upwards)
Beijing’s Hutongs are not only the vein of the city, but also the rampage of transportation. It is also the place where Beijing’s ordinary people live in, and the important stage of the development and evolution of Beijing’s history and culture. Hutongs record the changes of history, the style of the times, and contain a strong cultural atmosphere. They are like a museum of folk customs, branding the imprint of various social life of locals.
For the natives in Beijing, they spent their happy childhood at the long and curved Hutongs, playing hide and seek and a variety of games. The elders also like to refresh themselves by chatting or playing Chinese chess at Hutongs.
If you’d like to experience local life at Hutongs, the best time to visit is in the morning or in the evening.
You could visit Hutongs at any time in any season around the year.
Hutongs are spotted around Beijing. There are many buses passing by them. You could explore one or two of them based on your preference and schedule.
- Opening hours: 24 hours
- Admission fee: free
- Exteriors of some of Hutongs are renovated while interiors of some of Hutongs are under old condition.
- It is recommended that you explore Hutongs with local experts as they wind so much that you could get lost.