Greetings from Beijing: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11
Much to my surprise, we checked-in to the hotel after lunch. We were given time to rest before continuing our visit later in the evening.
I took a nap and felt refreshed and it was also due to the cool air blowing through the window pane. Got down and was told we’ll be visiting “Hutong“. “Hutong” literally means a small street or a lane between two courtyards, although the word can also mean a community within the city consisting of hutongs and residences. Shanghai local people call it a “Nong”. There are thousands of hutongs in Beijing City. Most of them were built in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty. Some with history of 900 years with most are over 100 years spanning few generations.
Since the streets were narrow, we had to get some trishaw rides in order to visit hutongs. Here, trishaw ride is fast and sometimes dangerous but most of the riders are experienced, so no worries at all! With few turns, we reached a narrower street that even a trishaw can’t get through. We walked into a courtyard and into a living room where we were welcomed by an old lady in her early 70s. She introduced herself and talked about her family, history of hutong and so on.
We left for dinner afterwards and summed up the day with an acrobatic show.