Watch a Football game at Beijing Workers Stadium

Do you like to watch football? Have you watched a football match in China? If you plan to travel in Beijing and you like to watch football, you should not miss a match of Beijing’s football team, Beijing Guoan, at the Workers Stadium. It’s a good cultural experience as you will be among a lot […]

Do you like to watch football? Have you watched a football match in China? If you plan to travel in Beijing and you like to watch football, you should not miss a match of Beijing’s football team, Beijing Guoan, at the Workers Stadium. It’s a good cultural experience as you will be among a lot of locals.

To go to the Workers Stadium you can get off at Exit C if Subway station Dongsi shitiao Line 2. You should go early as there will be a lot of people. If you don’t have a ticket yet, there are a lot of possibilities to buy one there on the streets. But it will sure cost more than the regular tickets.

There’s no need to know the way to the stadium. Just follow all the people dressed in green tricots of Beijings team Guoan. Along the street there are various stands where you can buy merchandise articles of the team such as tricots, scarves, hats and a lot more. If you start seeing a lot of police you are near the stadium. Outside the stadium you can buy drinks in plastic cups as it is not allowed to bring PET or glass bottles into the stadium. However, you can also buy your drinks inside the stadium. For entering the stadium there will be 2 entrance checks. One for getting into the area of the stadium and the other for the sector you are sitting. Also there are several bag checks on the way. Finally when you are in the correct sector, you can search for your seat and wait until the game starts.

Workers Stadium

Beijings worker stadium has been constructed in 1959 as one of the Ten Great Buildings for the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and is a multi-purpose stadium located in Chaoyang District. The stadium which is often called “Gong Ti” by locals was the main venue for the 1990 Asian Games, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held. In 1993 various records have been set by the world-leading group of Chinese distance runners at the Chinese National Games. Moreover the stadium holds claim to the fastest women’s 1500 m time ever recorded, the fastest women’s 3000m and 10’000 m. These world records still stand today and are arguably the stadium’s biggest claim to fame.

However, the stadium is mostly used for football matches. For the 2008 Summer Olympics it hosted the football quarter-finals and semi-finals and the women’s gold medal final. In 2009 it was host for the Barclays Asia Trophy featuring Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Hull City and of course Beijing Guoan.

Beijing Guoan

Beijing Guoan Football Club is a professional football club and participates currently in the Chinese Super League.  The Workers Stadium is its home stadium. The club was formed in 1992 and produced a number of notable Chinese footballers such as former 1860 Munich and Energe Cottbus midfielder Shao Jiayi and former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Yang Chen.

In 2006 the club sold a part of its ownership to Real Madrid, hoping to achieve better popularity and results. The club made good start to the 2009 season. They won their first ever Chinese Super League title. However they crashed out of the AFC Champions League at the group stage. In recent years, the club has successful seasons with being second place in 2011 and third place in the season 2013. The team’s head coach is Aleksandar Stanojević and there are currently 5 foreign players participating in the team including Frédéric Kanouté who transferred in 2012.

 

There are a lot of bars and club nearby the Workers stadium. After the game is finished you can go there for a drink maybe with some new friends you met at the game. This will make your travel in China unforgettable.

 

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Beijing starts a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens of 45 countries

According to Beijing municipal authorities, Beijing will start a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens of 45 countries from January 1, 2013. International travelers enjoy 72 hours transit visa policy based on the requirements of the Ministry of Public Security, in arriving at the Beijing Capital Airport, shall comply with the following conditions: 1) in line […]

According to Beijing municipal authorities, Beijing will start a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens of 45 countries from January 1, 2013.

International travelers enjoy 72 hours transit visa policy based on the requirements of the Ministry of Public Security, in arriving at the Beijing Capital Airport, shall comply with the following conditions:

1) in line with the scope of the citizens of the country, including:

— European Schengen visa agreement countries (24), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Other European countries (7) Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine

— American States (6) United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

Oceania countries (2), Australia, New Zealand

Asian countries (6) South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar;

2)  holding valid international travel documents to prove their nationality;

3)  in line with the conditions of entry to the country or region;

4)  held by the exit from the Beijing Capital International Airport way ticket to a third country or region, or prove within 72 hours to determine the date and seat;

5) equipped with the entry and exit of airlines reporting to the border authorities.

Beijing border audited in line with the transit visa-free conditions, will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the transit procedures.

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The Summer Palace

On August 22, 2012, in Beijing, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

When we are talking about what are the main attractions for a Beijing Tour one of the Top 3 is, without a doubt, the Summer Palace. This palace is one of the most visited places of the city and it’s an obligatory stop in your Beijing Tour. The Summer Palace is 3 kilometers square and […]

When we are talking about what are the main attractions for a Beijing Tour one of the Top 3 is, without a doubt, the Summer Palace. This palace is one of the most visited places of the city and it’s an obligatory stop in your Beijing Tour.

The Summer Palace is 3 kilometers square and more than three quarters of it are formed by a lake called the Kunming Lake.

A very important part of its land area is formed by a 60 meters tall hill called the Longevity Hill and there are a lot of buildings that are positioned in sequence.

The main number of buildings are in the side of the hill that is not in front of the lake. The part that is directly next to the lake was left without buildings for having a more “natural” environment.

The sequence of buildings in the other side of the hill is as follows; The Cloud-Dispelling Hall, the Temple of Buddhist Virtue, and the Sea of Wisdom Temple, these are the main buildings, but there are some more that surround them. In the top of the Temple of Buddhist Virtue temple there is a tower that is 41 meters high and it’s supported by 8 iron pillars.

 

The Kunming Lake is an artificial lake created in 1291, it has three large islands and it represents the traditional Chinese garden element of “the fairy hill within the sea”.

The three islands are named after three fairytale islands, Yingzhou, Penglai and Fangzhang where it’s believed that the eight immortals lived.

The majority of the other features in the lake are inspired by buildings who are in such distant places as the Yangtze river, for example the West Dike is a recreation of the Su Di Dike in Hangzhou, and like it’s original it is crossed by six bridges, each one in a different style.

The largest bridge in the lake is the 17 arch bridge. It connects the eastern shore with the Nanhu Island (the representation of Penglai) this island is supposed to be the place where the eight immortals had their meetings, in the Summer palace there is a temple dedicated to the King Dragon and you can go to the top of the artificial hill that is on the island and see a very clear view of the place.

The Summer Palace is one of the most beautiful places in Beijing and one of its main attractions so make sure you won’t miss it in your Beijing Tour or you will surely regret it!

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10 Things to do in Beijing.

Before you go on your Beijing tour probably you’ll have to plan it beforehand. What’s to see in Beijing? Where to go? Well, don’t panic and read this list of “Top 10 of things to see in your Beijing Tour” 1)      Forbidden City The Forbidden City was initially an imperial palace for the Ming and […]

Before you go on your Beijing tour probably you’ll have to plan it beforehand. What’s to see in Beijing? Where to go? Well, don’t panic and read this list of “Top 10 of things to see in your Beijing Tour

1)      Forbidden City The Forbidden City was initially an imperial palace for the Ming and the Qing dynasties, it was built in 1420 and it has 980 buildings of different ages and artistic styles, who served as imperial residence and political courts during centuries. One of its peculiarities is that all these buildings are surrounded by a moat who is 52 meters wide and 6 meters deep.

2)      Tiananmen Square, situated in the same metro stop of The forbidden City is the center, the most important place in Beijing,  in the square you can visit Mao Zedong’s mausoleum where his body is preserved, the Monument to the Pepole’s Heroes and the South door.

3)      The Great Wall The Great Wall is believed to be 21,196  kilometers long. It is a gigantic construction and it extends from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west, roughly following the form of Mongolia.

4)      The Temple of Heaven The temple of Heaven was created between 1406 and 1420 by the emperor Yongle and it’s a Temple in honor of the Heavens and the Good Harvests. A must-see.

5)      Silk Market; The tourist shopping paradise, there you can bargain for the best things, clothes, souvenirs…

6)      Nanglugouxiang In there you can see the Hútòngs. The Hútòngs have formed Beijing since 907, there are more than 2000 but only 360 have a name, in fact there is a Chinese proverb that says: “There are 360 hutong with names and as many nameless hutong as there are hairs on a cow”, There you can see the traditional ways of living in Beijing.

7)      Hou Hai Lake The Houhai lake zone is a district that is formed by a lake and its surroundings, mostly Hútòngs. There you can chill-out and it has a very active night-life.

8)      Summer Palace The Summer Palace was the royal summer residence during the Qing Dynasty. The palace grounds cover an area of 290 hectares, three quarters of which is a lake.

9)      Wangfujing It is a street full of shops and it’s been commercially active since the Ming dynasty and in the Qing dynasty was the place where the aristocrats chose to live after a well of sweet water was discovered there.

10)   Bell tower The Bell Tower was used to tell the time. The bell sounded every evening until the last emperor left the Forbidden City. The bell is 7 meters tall and weighs 63 tons.

These are the 10 most important things you can see in your Beijing Tour, don’t miss any of them!

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Game day at Beijing Worker’s Stadium

On August 6, 2012, in Activities, Beijing, China Attractions, China Travel Gossip, Entertainment, by Jack Li

Since August seems to be quite athletic with the Olympic games of London 2012, I will write a post about sports too to fit in the atmosphere! I won’t talk about the Olympics games and the great results of Chinese athletes but I’m going to deal with football (or soccer). I have already noticed that […]

Since August seems to be quite athletic with the Olympic games of London 2012, I will write a post about sports too to fit in the atmosphere! I won’t talk about the Olympics games and the great results of Chinese athletes but I’m going to deal with football (or soccer). I have already noticed that Chinese people were real fans of this sport. Indeed I first noticed it while the competition for Euro 2012 started; this is a European competition, and I thought that only European football supporters care about it, how surprised I was to see that all the matches were broadcasted on Chinese national television, and all bars, restaurants and clubs turned into real football matches headquarters. If you don’t believe me, travel to China and go for a Beijing tour while a football event is taking place anywhere in the world and you’ll see how it looks like by your own. As everyone knows that Chinese national discipline is table tennis, badminton and gymnastics, football is very popular, all kind of competition are broadcasted on television the whole year, and they watch almost all the matches even if any Chinese team participate.

Well, it’s been already 6 moths that I’ve been living in Beijing and I finally got the opportunity to live a real typical “Beijing moment” this past weekend. I have never planned to go and see a football match this weekend but it just happened, seem that I was at this place at the right place and at the right time. First, a friend of mine and I wanted to go to the French library to buy some books and read them during our next long hours of travel by train next week at Sanlitun, near the Worker’s Stadium. When we went out from the subway, we directly went to a famous chain of fast food restaurants to get something to eat. Once arrived we discovered that the restaurant was full of Chinese people wearing a green t-shirt; when I say full it means that 75% of the people in the restaurant were wearing green t-shirt. After lunch, all the way to the library we noticed that Chinese people wearing green t-shirts were everywhere and we finally understood that it was all supporters for the Beijing Guo An team. Street vendors all around the stadium start setting up shop 3-4 hours before the match and they sell all kinds of Guoan merchandise, from the ubiquitous vuvuzelas and other noise makers to jerseys, t-shirts, and scarves and everything in between (buttons, stickers, umbrellas, etc).  You can try negotiating with the vendors but prices won’t go down too much. There were not only street vendors but “yellow cows” (scalpers) were of course all around the stadium. We didn’t knew what was the price of a regular ticket, but when we heard that the ticket was at 100RMB and because of this particular atmosphere where you feel yourself be part of something important, we decided to buy 2 tickets and a t-shirt, and live our first experience in the Worker’s Stadium as Beijing’s supporters. So, we were extremely impatient and excited to attend to Beijing Guo An vs. Dalian Shide; I must confess that I didn’t know against which team Beijing Guo An would play and I didn’t care.

We entered in the stadium 30minutes before the beginning of the match, but we could already hear all the vuvuzelas, it reminded me the world cup in South Africa. The first highlight of this match was the entrance of the players before the kickoff shot; all the supporters were singing holding their scarves. And since then, the supporters kept singing, cheering, shouting, acclaiming and insulting until the end of the match. Yes, I think that going on a stadium for a football match is the best place to learn insults and slang words by hearing Chinese people yelling against the referee.

Beijing Guo An won 1-0, but the match wasn’t that good. Sure, I wasn’t expected a European match but the greatest thing about my experience wasn’t the results, so I didn’t care, I just barely know the team. I heard after that Beijing Guo An’s supporters were the most vigorous and active of China, and right now I can confirm that it’s true, I felt like being in a stadium in Europe. This was a great experience of my China tour, and now I’m already looking for the schedules and lyrics to attend to the next matches at the Worker’s Stadium!

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The temple of Heaven

On August 6, 2012, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Parks & Gardens, Temples, by Jack Li

One of the most emblematic places you can see in your Beijing Tour is the Temple of Heaven. Situated on the south-east of the city and with more than 600 years of history and is a must-see in your Bejing tour. The temple of Heaven was created between 1406 and 1420 by the emperor Yongle […]

One of the most emblematic places you can see in your Beijing Tour is the Temple of Heaven. Situated on the south-east of the city and with more than 600 years of history and is a must-see in your Bejing tour.

The temple of Heaven was created between 1406 and 1420 by the emperor Yongle (the same that created the Forbidden City) but it was extended on the 16th century.

The temple was repeatedly occupied during wars, but finally it was completely restored and considered a UNESCO World Heritage site and the surroundings are considered now a good park for exercise.

Basically there is three parts of the Temple of Heaven that are singular and that you can visit and are the places that have been considered the most important:

–          The Hall of Prayers for Good Harvests; it’s a triple gabled circular building who is 38 meters tall and 36 meters in diameter, it has three marble-stoned levels and that was the place where the emperor held his prayers for good harvests, it’s constructed entirely in wood and it was struck by lightning in 1889, what you see is a reconstruction from several years later.

–          The Imperial Vault of Heaven; is a circular building with one gable built on only one level of stone, it’s located in the south of the Hall of Prayers for Good Harvests and its quite similar but smaller. It’s surrounded by a wall called the Echo Wall that can transmit sound trough great distances. If you hit it the sound can be heard in the other side of the wall. To go from the Hall to the Vault you have to pass through the Vermillion Steps Bridge, a 360 meters long walkaway that ascends from one place to the other.

–          The Circular Mound Altar; Located south of the Vault of Heaven is a circular platform with three levels of marble decorated with dragons, everything in the Altar is represented nine times or its multiple, the dragons, the steps the stairs…  The center of the altar is a round stone called the Hearth of Heaven or the Supreme Yang, it was there where the Emperor stood and prayed for the good weather.

Except from that in the Temple of Heaven you can find also the Palace of Abstinence, the Flower garden and the Stone garden.

All in all the Temple of Heaven is a place you have to visit in your Beijing Tour so make sure to allow half a day at least to go there (or even a day if you feel like wandering in the Park!) whatever you do don’t miss this magnificent temple

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The Nest Stadium.

On August 3, 2012, in Activities, Beijing, Entertainment, by Jack Li

One of the things that changed the modern Beijing were the 2008 Oylimpics. If you travel to Beijing now you’ll find a completely different city than just four years ago, make sure to include all the new buildings in your Beijing Tour! One of the most emblematic places from the Beijing Olympics was the Beijing […]

One of the things that changed the modern Beijing were the 2008 Oylimpics. If you travel to Beijing now you’ll find a completely different city than just four years ago, make sure to include all the new buildings in your Beijing Tour!
One of the most emblematic places from the Beijing Olympics was the Beijing National Stadium, also known as The Nest Stadium. This stadium is the place where the most important Olymplic events from the Beijing 2008 olympics were held.

It was where the opening and the closing ceremonies were held and also most of the athletic events, and the football final.
Afther the Olympics it also held the paralympics, with also both ceremonies and the athletic events.

Now it helds a huge range of events such as Opera, athletics and lots of football matches, like friendlies between clubs or even the Italian Supercup. Lots of rumours say that next year will also hold the Spanish Supercup.
But why is it called the Nest Stadium?

The architects, Herzog and de Meuron decided to do a contest to decide wich design will be the most convenient, they needed the ability for post-Olympics use, a retractable roof, and low maintenance costs.

They narrowed it down to 13 and Cthe one who won based his design in the study of the chinese ceramics in order to do a very Chinese stadium (after all it was China’s time to shine!) to held the retractable roof, they would have to put a lot of steel reinforcement, and that was what gave the idea of the Nest form.

In the end they didn’t put the retractable roof but they left the steel bars because that was what gave the Beijing National stadium his pecculiar form.

Situated in the Olympic Green it has a very distinctive form and it has been designed to serve like “a collective building, a public vessel” and its very “porous” but has a roof that protect the public from the weather conditions.

His nest form helps the air to flow and that provides a very good ventilation in the hot Beijing summer.

When you Travel to Beijing remember that it’s not just the old City that has made a way trough the Beijing emblematic places, there are also lots of modern buildings that are worth visiting, the Nest Stadium is the most emblematic one and if you are lucky and there is some activity there is worth visiting it and attending to some event just to see the interior and the way that they are organized and held!

 

Houhai lake

On August 1, 2012, in Beijing, Entertainment, Lakes, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

If you travel to Bejing you will realize that it has a lot of pecculiarities, it has different landscapes and one of the most beautiful you can find in your Beijing tour is The Houhai lake zone. The Houhai lake zone is a district that is formed by a lake and it’s surroundings, mostly Hútòngs. […]

If you travel to Bejing you will realize that it has a lot of pecculiarities, it has different landscapes and one of the most beautiful you can find in your Beijing tour is The Houhai lake zone.

The Houhai lake zone is a district that is formed by a lake and it’s surroundings, mostly Hútòngs.
It’s situated in the central part of Beijing and is one of the three parts of the Shichahai area, formed by the areas of QianHai, HouHai and XiHai and together they form three lakes whose water come from different parts like the Beijing zoo or the West Fragrant Hills.

But the Houhai area is the most popular area, either in daylight or at night.

During the day the area is bursting in activity, the Hútòngs and the lake shore are full of shops but the lake is also vey crouded, you can rent a boat there and discover the lake at your pace, you can see the fishermen fishing in the lake and you can even bath if you feel like it (athough maybe is not very sanitary)

But the nightlife is also very active, the lake shore is full of bars and pubs with a distinctive atmosphere, the combination of neon lights and paper lanterns that makes an environment surprisinggly calm and relaxing.

One of the most interesting activites that you can do in HouHai is rent a Rickshaw and visit the two historical spots that have made the HouHai zone one of the most visited in china; The place of birth of the emperor Puyi (the last emperor of China) and the coutyard house that holds the residence of Song QinLing, the wife of the emperor Sun YatSen, both of this houses are now museums and can be  visited, it’s interesting how well preserved are the gardens and the ponds and the huge difference between the Hútòngs that can be seen not very far away and the magnificence of the imperial residence.

the HouHai lake is a good place also for the modern people, you can find live music in most of the bars and all the shops are full of handmade things that will give a very chic touch in your (or your friends’) house.

The Houhai lake is the place to go if you want to have a relaxed day, just walking in the lakeshore, looking at nice souvenirs or maybe drinking something and just see the people pass by.

In bettween all the rush of Beijing City make sure to include the HouHai lake in your Beijing tour. You won’t regret it!

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A taste of Europe at 30 minutes away from Beijing

The 2 biggest cities of China are Beijing and Shanghai, and do you know which one is ranked at the third position? Tianjin (definitely worth to visit during your China tours). Tianjin is opened to the Bohai Sea, it is known as the gate of Beijing with the Occident for political and economical purposes. Indeed […]

The 2 biggest cities of China are Beijing and Shanghai, and do you know which one is ranked at the third position? Tianjin (definitely worth to visit during your China tours). Tianjin is opened to the Bohai Sea, it is known as the gate of Beijing with the Occident for political and economical purposes. Indeed this city began an economical spot under the Sui Dynasty between 581 and 618, and in the 19th century western people started to settle in. Thus, Tianjin is a melting-pot of European and Chinese culture, it is rich of history and diversity, almost like an outdoor museum. Let’s take the 350km/h state-of-the-art bullet train to get in Tianjin in only 30 minutes.

Tianjin was the first Chinese city to open to foreign investors in the 19th century. After numerous Chinese wars and battles, Western Empires (Great Britain and France first) have established their concessions in Tianjin and Shanghai. By now, these buildings still remain like few centuries ago, a real witness from the past. It is not difficult to see Western type architecture in the city. Think about that: what an amazing thing to be in China and at the same time being carried away in many European countries just in a single day! If you step into Tianjin’s downtown, at WuDaDao, you will find large numbers of European style residences admired by tourists, photographs and people who are interested in classical architecture. For a better experience try the concessions tour in a horse-drawn carriage!

Between 1920 and 1930, 230 residences and villas were constructed; Tianjin was China’s western architecture museum at that time. In total there are 89 English style buildings, 41 Italian ones, 6 French, 4 German, 3 Spanish and 3 from a mixed influence of Chinese and Western architecture. 

In order to learn more about Tianjin’s and China’s history, the better would be going to Tianjin’s museum. Here are some places you could visit:

–          Luzutang, Boxer Rebellion Museum 
between 1898 and 1901, opposing foreign imperialism and Christianity period

–          Tianjin Museum
 The largest museum of the city exhibiting a range of cultural and historical relics significant to Tianjin. There are nearly 200,000 collections of art and relics, including calligraphy, paintings, bronzeware, ceramics, jadeware, seals, inkstone, Jiagu (bones or tortoise shells with inscriptions of the Shang Dynasty), coins, historic documents and relics of modern times.

–          Memorial to Zhou Enlai and Deng Yingchao
Zhou Enlai was the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, he served under Mao Zedong from October 1949 until his death in January 1976. Deng Yingchao is his wife. Chairwoman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from 1983 to 1988 and a member of the Communist Party of China.

–          Astor Hotel and its museum
It’s the first international hotel in modern Chinese history. From the onset in 1863 until the end of the 19th century, The Astor Hotel became the prime venue for all diplomatic activity in Tianjin, and was soon named one of the first Diplomatic residences in China. 

 

Tianjin has learned how to mix the old treasures and modernity, and has become a dynamic and multi-cultural city. I think that spending a week end in that city will cure your homesickness during your China travel.

 

 

 

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Hútòngs

On July 30, 2012, in Beijing, Getting Around, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

Beijing is a city that has changed throughout the last years. But if you travel to Beijing and you want to know how the city was hundreds of years ago, there are places where you can go and still see the traditional streets. Don’t miss it in your Beijing Tour. The Hútòngs are basically the […]

Beijing is a city that has changed throughout the last years. But if you travel to Beijing and you want to know how the city was hundreds of years ago, there are places where you can go and still see the traditional streets. Don’t miss it in your Beijing Tour.

The Hútòngs are basically the old streets of Beijing, they were constructed during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and they are the most ancient part of the city, they are so old that the oldest ones have up to 700 years of history.

The houses in the hútòngs normally have a square structure with a small entrance and a big interior open space where most of the domestic life is done, another peculiarity of the hútòngs is that the bathrooms are shared.

In the year 2000 they were more than 1400 Hútòngs just in the center of Beijing, but when the Olympics were given to Beijing they had to modify the street structure in order to hold all the infrastructures that were necessary for the event and now there are less than 1000 hútòngs in Beijing.

So if you want to visit the Hútòngs you just have to know where to go to see them, here there is a list of the places that still have hútòngs in Beijing:

–          Nanluogu Xiang; formed by 8 parallel hútòngs it’s 768 meters long and it’s protected since 1990

–          Yandai Xiejie; Built in the Qing dynasty this hútòng zone is famous for the Tea houses and bars that have given the zone a very active nightlife

–          Beijing Liulichang Culture Street; this is the place to see ancient things such as calligraphy or books.

–          Lingjing hútòng; its 640 meters long make this street one of the most unique and it’s worth visiting it.

–          Brick tower Hútòng; It’s one of the oldest hútòngs and it is well preserved with a tower built in the Jing dynasty, so you can visit it and feel the ancient times.

There are lots of other Hútòngs in the city of Beijing so if you are really interested it’s good to ask in your hotel or in the tourist information points to find where are all the hútòngs. They may seem similar because they all follow the same structure but there are huge differences in the materials and ways of construction depending on which dynasty the Hútòng was built.

The city of Beijing is full of places to go, but the Hútòngs are one of the most emblematic places to go in your Beijing tour, even if it’s only for a night in one of the bars of the Yanday Xiejie Hútòng or a walk in the Brick Tower Hútòng you have to visit these places before leaving Beijing because you’ll have a vision on how the city was hundreds of years ago before Beijing changed from a Chinese traditional town to the modern metropolis that is today.

 

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