Traditions and Transitions: A Walk and Discussion in the Hutongs of Dongcheng

Date: Thursday, November 1st
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost: 260 RMB per person (220 RMB for members of The Hutong) including all admission tickets, guide fees, and tips.

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. Our exploration takes us through the hutongs of the Dongcheng District, once home to some of Beijing’s most fascinating figures. We will discuss the history of the hutongs, who lived there and why.

This walk is not only about history. The hutongs are the living breathing fabric of Beijing. They represent Beijing’s future, as old buildings are repurposed into new commercial and residential developments. The past year has seen sweeping changes to Beijing’s urban landscape. The government boarded up small shops and forced some residents out of the city center. What does this mean for the preservation of these historic neighborhoods and the people who live there? How have the pressures of urban development affected the communities who live in Beijing’s historic center?

While we wander the hutongs, we’ll also check in on local markets and immerse ourselves in the culture of Old Beijing.

Our walk begins near the Beixinqiao Metro in the heart of historic Beijing and will end near the Drum Tower and Houhai/Shichahai Lakes District in a location with several convenient dining, refreshment, and transportation options.

Duration: About two to three hours


Spaces for this walk are limited and registration is required. Details about the walk including meeting points and payment information will be sent by email as part of your registration confirmation.  

We never cancel a walk and discussion. If you sign up, we’re walking!

Future Dates:

  • Saturday, December 1st

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