One of Beijing’s most distinctive urban features, the hutongs have long been at the heart of the capital’s unique local culture. This walk explores the past, present, and future of the hutongs, Beijing’s network of historic alleyways while also visiting essential landmarks along the edge of the old city. Our walk will take us through the neighborhoods around Dengshikou and Dongsi which during the late-19th and early-20th centuries was where many of Old Peking's elite lived and worked.
We'll discuss the lives of missionaries, scientists, diplomats, ministers, and Hua Guofeng, the unfortunate successor to Chairman Mao. We'll also look at daily life in the hutong neighborhoods of Beijing and talk about the evolution of these spaces and what the future development of Beijing means for the preservation of historic neighborhoods in the capital.
We'll also visit the Zhihua Temple and watch a performance of Ming Dynasty court music performed on traditional instruments and spend some time exploring the Shijia Hutong Museum, one of the best museums in the city.
The walk will take about three hours and begin and end at the Dengshikou Metro Stop (Line 5).
Duration: About three hours