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Nanluoguxiang 南锣鼓巷
16:58, July 17, 2008

The south-north lane, about 800 meters long and quite narrow in places, is about a block east of Houhai, said to exist when Yuan Dynasty founded by Genghis Khan built its capital here more than 700 years ago.

Many restaurants here are hidden in small and quiet traditional courtyards, or siheyuan, offering a good experience of life in old Peking on idle Sunday afternoons. However, the cuisines on offer are new, and you can sample a selection of fusion foods, such as Kung Pao Chicken pizza. There is also an authentic Chinese yoghurt sweet shop.

Many restaurants here have English and even French menus, catering to visitors who like to browse the lanes quirky shops.

How to get there? Take subway Line 2 to Andingmen station, from where it should cost no more than 10 yuan (1.5 dollars) by taxi. But the roads around there are quite narrow and may be crowded during rush hours. This area is perfect for bikers.

Source:China Daily

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