Hutong Alleyways

Hutong is the cultural characteristic of Beijing and the root of old Beijing. It is necessary to experience the taste of old Beijing. The alley is an indispensable itinerary, and the best tool is bicycle, so you can ride the bicycle with my partners in Beijing. In the various hutongs, enjoying this rare leisurely afternoon, you can also choose three-wheeled bicycle to have half-day hutong tour. The three-wheeled bicycle masters will also explain the history of each hutong, but they all have to collect tips, and you can ask clearly the specific expenses before taking the bicycle. In the afternoon of old Beijing, the hutongs are quaint courtyard houses, crisp bells and bird songs echoing in this quiet old alley, enjoying this moment of slow time.

Yangmeizhu Xie Street is 496 meters long, starting from Coal Street in the east and Yanshou Street in the west. In the Ming Dynasty, it was called “Xie Jie”, because the direction of the street was inclined from the northeast to the southwest, hence the name. In the fifteenth year of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1750), in the “Full Map of Beijing”, it was marked as “Yang Mei Xie Street”. It is said that this is because this slanting street in the early Qing Dynasty was inhabited by a good media agent. During the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty, the homonym became “Yangmeizhu Xiejie”. In 1965, when Beijing reorganized its place name, Xixing Hutong (short dead Hutong on the south side of Yangmeizhu Xiejie) and Yi Chi Street (located at the western end of Yangmeizhu Xiejie, between Tongzi Hutong and Yingtao Hutong North Exit) were merged.

If you want to improve your understanding of Hutong and Siheyuan, you can experience a Hutong tour. After years of destructive use, although the essence of scenery alley has passed away, roads, cables, vehicles, etc. affect the landscape, to understand the culture of Beijing, visiting Hutong is one of the best options. The explanation of the ordinary driver is quite satisfactory, but the fees are higher. It is recommended that you take a few more steps to take the official human rickshaw, the quality should be more guaranteed.

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