BEIJING NANLUOGU XIANG

PLACEText: Wee Ling Soh

If pottery is more your kind of thing, drop by The Pottery Workshop (No. 23 Nanluogu Xiang) to check out its range of China-themed porcelain-ware. Also don’t forget to visit the newly-opened Grifted (No. 32 Nanluogu Xiang) which supports community-based tourism – watch out for the candy wrapper bracelets and necklaces handmade by Beijing locals, definitely one-of-a-kind souvenirs!

Beijing Nanluogu Xiang

Somewhere in between the two stores sits Saveurs de Corée (No. 29 Nanluogu Xiang), a Korean bistro which might have gone unnoticed if not for its minimalist unfinished wooden exterior. On our last day in Beijing, we dined al fresco on the rooftop terrace, a pleasant lunch comprising of Korean cold noodles and a glass of iced coffee.

Beijing Nanluogu Xiang

More than just shops and cafes, Nanluogu Xiang also boasts of some faded communist slogans on its aged grey walls. If you are not observant enough, you just might blink and miss them.

Beijing Nanluogu Xiang

Traditionally, houses in the hutongs do not come equipped with sanitary facilities such as toilets or bathrooms. Not surprisingly, Nanluogu Xiang is lined with numerous public toilets for the convenience of its residents although it is not uncommon to witness residents with chamberpots in hand.

Beijing Nanluogu Xiang

The next time you are in Beijing, be sure to head down to Nanluogu Xiang for a dose of Chinese history, arts and culture. You may even choose to stay in the hutong just as we did. Down Town Backpackers Accommodation (No. 85 Nanluogu Xiang) would be a good option with clean rooms, friendly staff and reasonable prices… and the best thing, Nanluogu Xiang on your doorstep.

Beijing Nanluogu Xiang

Nanluogu Xiang is situated in Beijing’s Dong Cheng District and is near the Drum Tower. Walk East along Guloudong Dajie about 10-15min past the Drum Tower and look out for the street sign pointing the way to the hutong on your right-hand side.

Text: Wee Ling Soh
Photos: Wee Ling Soh

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