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Top 10 Beijing by Andrew Humphreys

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Hou Hai

The area around the joined lakes of Qian Hai and Hou Hai has traditionally been home to nobles and wealthy merchants. Several grand homes survive, hidden in the labyrinthine old lanes known as hutongs. This is a rare quarter of Beijing where the 21st century is kept at bay, and these back alleys represent one of the most satisfying parts of the city to explore on foot – or by rickshaw.

  • Subway: Gulou Dajie, Jishuitan

Mansion of Prince Gong

  • 6616 8149

  • Open: 8:30am–4:30pm daily.

  • Admission: ¥30 or ¥60 with tour guide, tea, and snack tasting, and traditional opera performance (call ahead for times)

Former Residence of Guo Moruo

  • 6612 5984

  • Open 9am–4.30pm Tue–Sun. Closed Dec 25 until 5th day of Chinese New Year.

  • Admission: ¥20

Song Qingling’s Residence ...

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