South Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluogu Xiang)
|South Gong and Drum Lane Pictures|
The South Gong and Drum Lane was built in the same period that the capital of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Dadu, was built, so it is about 800 years old. The sixteen side hutongs were built in the Yuan Dynasty too. Because of its layout, people also call it the Centipede Lane. It was once named Humpback Lane (Luoguo Xiang) in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) and renamed to Gong and Drum Lane (Luogu Xiang) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The alley remains more complete than other historical heritage sites in Beijing, witnessing the vicissitudes of many dynasties.
It is like an old man who is telling an ancient legend about his past. Here, you can experience the special Hutong culture of Beijing.
|Tourists from home and abroad|
Although a historic place, the culture here is full of innovation. The South Gong and Drum Lane welcomes its guests with both an old appearance and a new combined culture of China and the West. Small, specialty boutiques welcome you. Le Tian Tao She at No.23 in it is a pottery store where you can enjoy a coffee while admiring the potters at their craft. You may even have a try and make your own piece of pottery. Many people come here for its creative culture and artistic environment. Several art studios have been established, and many movies and TV drama programs have been filmed here too.
|Smoking set in a shop|
Meals and snacks in the South Gong and Drum Lane are something else that will appeal to its visitors. The well–known dining hall at No. 108 in it is famous for its tasty pizza and Nepal-style drinks. Wenyu Nai Lao is a time-honored specialty yoghurt shop located at No.49 in it. The shop makes many different types of the best yoghurts. At No.114, the western restaurant Yu Shi Ju Jin provides delicacies of Russian, Italian and Indian styles. Apart from these restaurants, there are many distinctive bars that are worth a visit, such as Plastered 8 and Guo Ke (meaning Passerby) that are very popular among travelers.
Walking on the tree-lined road along, experiencing the diverse culture, you will receive more than you expect. It is a feast for your eyes, stomach, and mind at the same time.
1 You'd better wear flat shoes (you can buy a pair in the nearby shop and take them as a souvenir).
2 There is no parking in it. The best way to visit here is on foot or by bicycle. You can rent bicycles at Houhai or Shichahai. A tandem bicycle costs CNY20 per hour and a regular bicycle is CNY10 per hour. A CNY500 deposit for each bicycle is required.
How to get to South Gong and Drum Lane
Take Subway Line 6/ Line 8 directly to Nanluogu Xiang.
1. Take Bus 3, 13, 42, 60, 118, or 612 to Tongluoxiang.
2. Take Bus 701, and get off at Di'anmen Dong.
3. Take Bus 104, 108, 113, or 612 to Bei Bingmasi.
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