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Beijing's hutongs are narrow atmospheric alleyways lined with small houses, whose distinctive oriental grey rooftops cluster around central courtyards. Visiting the hutongs is like being transported back in time; it is here that we find Beijing's traditional core, a place to see timeless local life in action, try authentic cuisine, buy local handicrafts and artwork, pause at a tea house and learn Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting and local street games. They can be explored on foot, bicycle or by rickshaw and can also include the chance to meet a family and share lunch with them.

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