Hidden Treasure in the Hutongs
in the Hutongs
Visit the extraordinary ‘museum of old objects’ tucked away in a traditional courtyard
in the ancient alleyways of the hutongs. Retro objects, old-fashioned tools
and everyday items will take you back to the Beijing of old.
WHY THIS TOUR?
The hutong alleyways are the best place to see and feel Beijing’s authentic culture. These narrow lanes also hide many hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. To gain a different perspective of the city, head to these historic passageways which have long been at the heart of the capital’s distinctive local heritage.
Situated in the older part of the metropolis, the labyrinth of narrow lanes dates back over 300 years. They are draped in history, offering an insight into the Beijing of the past. Many of the homes have been untouched for generations and the interiors tell extraordinary stories of the history of the hutongs and their inhabitants.
09:30 - 12:00
From the hotel, the guide and driver will take you deep into the hutongs to a house tucked away in a traditional courtyard. This excursion is focused on an extraordinary museum filled with all sorts of daily necessities that reflect traditional life in this area. The director of the unique ‘museum of old objects’ has spent his life collecting memorabilia, vintage items and ancient tools, each of which offers an insight into a different age.
The museum is crammed full of fascinating historical pieces along with everyday objects. There are teapots, irons, old-fashioned dial telephones, kettles dating from the Qing Dynasty and present-day items. This is truly a compact bazaar of collectibles, including elaborate three-inch golden lotus shoes and simple straw sandals dating back to an unknown era that hang on the wall. Another prominent display is two large retro cassette recorders positioned on a wooden cabinet – a symbol of reform and the opening up of the country.
This house is a real treasure trove of lost items – now found and preserved for posterity in this unpretentious museum. At the end of the tour the driver will take you back to the hotel.