Peking Hutongs, real life
Chinais one of the countries , that more and with more force , have advanced in recent timesbecoming one of the nations More modern of the planet, but which still preserves enclaves such as the Hutongs of Beijing.
Their big buildings or their fast trains of last generation , are the order of the day in a country that little by little is waking up from global “closing” in which he was immersed.
Beijingsince the year 2006on the occasion of the Beijing Olympics that housed the city, has improved many of its infrastructures and has built novelty buildingsbut without turning your back on all that traditional Heritage, that makes this city one of the most interesting points of Asia.
In full effervescence technology in Beijing , there are a number of traditional neighborhoodswhere luckily, the time seems to stop every day.
These neighborhoods known for their hutongs (alleys), are a series of districts, with narrow and labyrinthine streetswhich show us , as it was all the ancient city., it is an intangible wonder to see in Beijing.
Their low housestone grayish, with doors and windowsmostly in russetwe enter the China that everything traveler dreams with discovering and what to visit in beijing.
The roof tiles of buildings, you can almost touching with your hands, in some streets, where the life, it takes place in the street and in which the neighbors, they don’t close the door for fear of being robbed.
Built, under the Chinese dynasties Qing, Ming and Yuan have known how to overcome changes and maintain their ancestral character which have catapulted them to city heritage and one of the most coveted places by tourists.
Most of the latticework of the Hutongs of Beijing, spread out around the Forbidden Citybut the truth is that we can enjoy them throughout the city.
For the Olympic Games, government shot down, inexplicably most of them, to build more cosmopolitan and tall buildings, but it didn’t take him long to regret and in rehabilitate and rebuild many of these streets , that they fall in love with those who enter them.
Is not easy choose which Hutong to visit, Since the opinions are diverse and while some crowd into the same Hutongs every day following the advice of a popular travel guideothers accidentally discover some of these wonderful street tentacles, in areas forgotten by tourism.
The area of the Bell Tower and Drum Towerhosts a large number of well-preserved Hutongs, but very crowded for tourism.
In the Surroundings of the Forbidden Citytowards the Drum Tower, we also find a good framework of Hutongs, which they are very worth it.
In particular, we opted for the area of qian men, where we could walk, for those who in our opinion are the Most authentic Hutongs What to see in Beijing in one day.
Narrow streets with community toilets, children running through the streets, open doors of houses with access to beautiful patios, street food and groups old people playing at sunset to board and card games.
Some of these streets, distributed throughout the city, are sorted by trades, so it’s easy to find the street cotton the street of rice or the street tea, although currently, little remains of these businesses.
How to tour the Hutongs
The most logical and appropriate way to fully enjoy the Peking Hutongs is to do it walkingalthough if we want to cover a good part of them, we must know that we must walk quite a bit.
Still, it’s worth it, get lost and disoriented through its alleys, enjoying small details imperceptible from a vehicle.
Another of the most common ways to tour the Hutongs is through a bike taxiwho roam around the hutongs , looking for tourists.
It is a way to see these alleys more comfortable and in theory more traditional but we run the risk of miss things.
If we opt for the Bike Taxi option, we must haggle and sound out pricessince they vary a lot by area.