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Introducing the Nanluoguxiang

Being one of the oldest hutongs in Beijing, the South Gong and Drum lane, popular known as Nanluoguxiang, has a history of more than 740 years. It is situated at Beijing’s Dongcheng District near the Drum Tower, with its northern end at Gulou Dongdajie and southern end at Di’anmen Dongdajie. Nanluoguxiang is about 8 meters wide and 786 meters long, filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, artsy and souvenir shops as well as pretty boutiques. During the last few years, Nanluoguxiang has become a very popular tourist attraction home and abroad, even was visited by several state leaders.


Nanluoguxiang was built in 1267 during the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) and originally called Arched Lane, because it is higher in the middle and lower in the south and north. In the fifth year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1750), it received its current name “Nanluoguxiang” during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Nanluoguxiang is the only Hutong in China with well-preserved old Beijing characteristics. It used to be the downtown of Yuandadu (Capital of Yuan Dynasty), with many different kinds of prince mansions and courtyard houses. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it used to be the residential area for the upper class people. After the Qing Dynasty was overthrown in 1911, it became much closer to the ordinary people in Beijing. Nanluoguxiang runs from south to north, with 8 hutongs evenly located on both sides. Since its shape resembles a centipede, it is also called Centipede Street. It is said that there used to be two water wells in the very north of Nanluoguxiang which were the eyes of the centipede.

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Entrance Fee: Free


Di’anmen East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing




Getting There


Line 6 Nanluoguxiang Station Exit E



(Please take me to the South entrance to Nanluoguxiang)

Travel Tips

Avoid weekends and holidays

Confirm the price before ordering in the bars

Last Updated

2018-05-03 23:25:38

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