One of Beijing’s most distinctive urban features, the hutongs have long been at the heart of the capital’s distinctive local culture. This walk explores the past, present, and future of the hutongs, Beijing’s network of historic alleyways. Our exploration takes us through the hutongs of the Dongcheng District, once home to some of Beijing’s most fascinating figures.

Today these neighborhoods also represent Beijing’s vibrant future, as old spaces are repurposed into new commercial and residential developments. We will discuss the history of the hutongs, who lived there and why. As we stroll the alleyways, we will also visit local markets and have a chance to try some of Beijing’s famous street side snacks.

Finally, we will examine how the pressures of rapid urban development are presenting challenges to the preservation of the physical structures and communities of in these neighborhoods.


Upcoming Public Walks in Beijing's Historic Hutongs

260 RMB per person (220 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all guide fees and tickets

 

Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

Private walks around Beijing's hutongs and historic neighborhoods are available for individuals, families, school and company groups.

Private walks are 1400 RMB for up to five people and 100 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.

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What others have said...

 
We did a walking tour of the hutong, with the incredible Jeremiah as our guide, on our first morning in Beijing. Despite our late arrival (avoid taking taxis!), he graciously waited for us to begin. His knowledge of the history (ancient and modern) of the neighborhoods is expansive, his sense of humor is wonderful, and his love for the city is readily apparent. This is a great way to get to explore the hutong!
— Trip Advisor, June 2017
 

Your Walk Leader

Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years. He has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great SignificanceThe Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is a recurring guest on the public affairs podcast Sinica and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups.  Jeremiah also maintains the popular history and culture website granitestudio.org