Nanluoguxiang is one of the most famous Hutong districts in Beijing. Hutong refer to the old style alleyways where large numbers of one-story courtyard houses are located in Beijing. Many of these areas are now protected in order to preserve their unique architecture. Nanluoguxiang is one of these places, which has proved to be a mix of history, fashion and shops. No wonder it’s a big hit with tourists especially the younger generation.
In recent years, it has become a hot spot in many fashion magazines and many TV shows for location shooting, many foreign visitors in Beijing, it’s listed as a must-visits attractions. It’s said that this area is the third most popular bar street in Beijing behind Sanlitun and Houhai. The smallest bar in Beijing is located here, covering an area of 12 square meters. Its name is “12 Square Meters”.
Nanluoguxiang is also an ideal place to eat with plenty of different establishments offering western food such as pizza and coffee. Chinese meals are also available. Several shops in the area will catch your attention with many unique gifts such as plates and coasters featuring artistic designs. There are also many other ornaments for sale including bottles, enamel cups, a selection of ornaments displaying Chairman Mao’s image and creatively designed T-shirts, displaying humorous designs.
Popular Ways to Explore Nanluoguxiang
【Bar Hopping at Nights】
Behind Sanlitun and Houhai, Nanluoguxiang is also known as the third most popular bar street in Beijing. The bars here are usually small ones, but attractive and warm. Usually, local youn people or foreign visitors come to this place to have fun.
【Shop for Souvenirs】
There are hundreds of variety of souvenir boutique shops along Nanluoguxiang Hutong, selling traditional handicrafts and souvenirs, Chinese-inspired gifts, T-shirts, shawls, etc. If you love unique and creative souvenir things, then explore Nanluoguxiang area will be one of the things to do in Beijing.
Nanluoguxiang is an alley of amazement and happiness. If you came to Beijing, make sure don’t miss it.