About This Listing
Newly built traditional styled Hutong house on the historical Shijinhuayuan Hutong with modern conveniences.
This is a newly built one bedroom hutong (traditional Chinese courtyard) 20 min walk from the Forbidden City. It has a modern bathroom and kitchen, and an attic bedroom. It shares a central courtyard with several other families. It has a gorgeous wood finish, and though small is very comfortable and cozy.
The couch also folds out to accommodate an extra person. If you wish to use the couch bed, please let us know and we will set it up in advance of your arrival.
The Forbidden City is the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty built in (phone number hidden). Today, it houses the Palace Museum which holds and displays countless artifacts from ancient China. In the historical district, there is a concentration of other attractions including:
- Tiananmen Square
- National Museum of China
- Great Hall of the People
- Beihai Park (among the largest of Chinese gardens)
- National Center for the Performing Arts (nicknamed "The Giant Egg")
Apart from the historical sites, our apartment is also located nearby Beijing's modern Chaoyang District. In the area, you can find the well-known Sanlitun Bar Street and Shopping Centers, as well as Beijing's growing Central Business District (CBD).
Hutong apartment, fully equipped kitchen, courtyard garden and BBQ set
Interaction with Guests
Full remote support with recommendations for travel itineraries and things to do around Beijing
Shijinhuayuan Hutong housed many celebrities, including famous opera performer Chen Yanqiu in No. 6, the calligraphist and Sinologist Qi Gong in No. 21, and Dai Li, the right-hand man of Chiang Kai-shek, in No. 19. The four-courtyard siheyuan at No. 23 extends all the way from Shijinhuayuan Hutong to the Weijia Hutong on its north; renowned warlord Wu Peifu (phone number hidden)) lived in the back yard of that place, leaving the front yards as the working place for his assistants.
Shijinhuayuan Hutong was known as a lane of celebrities, and if you ask the older people in the area, they'd tell you that the luxurious No. 19 was the inhabitance of Ma Huitang, who was famous as the man in charge of the construction of such royal architectures as those in the Summer Palace. Understandably, No. 19 benefited from his expertise and is one of the most magnificent siheyuan around, and big courtyards always draw high officials close. A 70-year-old woman surnamed Li, who said she lived in this hutong for three decades, said No. 19 was most recently the residence of Zhang Bangying, the former deputy minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs. After he died last year, the residence was passed on to his heirs, who occupy it now.
Not far from No. 19 is No. 23, the home of warlord Wu who moved in during the 1920s and lived there until he died. Now No. 23 has recently been renovated and occupied as a workplace by several government organizations.
Under the ownership of these powerful people, the courtyards have been well-preserved. According to Li, this land is a favorite among filmmakers who were impressed by the luxury siheyuan. "One renowned film taken place here was Rickshaw Boy by Lao She," she said. "I remember that when they shot the film the whole lane was nearly blocked by passers-by."
But while Shijinhuayuan Hutong remains in good repair, it attracts fewer visitors and tourists than other areas, as its gardens and siheyuan are closed to outside visitors.
"People could pass through here many times and still not know what's inside these courtyards," Li said. "The lane is like a skeleton in the cupboard that always keeps its little secret."
Near Lines 5 and Line 6 on the subway, east access to Taxis and Buses
No Smoking inside--smoking access in court yard.
Sarah is fantastic! We really enjoyed staying the place. Great location (very close to famous Beijing Hutong - Nan Luo Gu Xiang but not so touristy) and cozy house. I will specially thank Sarah kindly looked after my belongings that I left behind and sent them back to me on time.
About the Host, Sarah
Studious but fun, I love to cook, travel, read, and discuss the wonders of the world. Five things I could not live without: my notebook, glasses, green corduroy pea coat, audio books, and DMs. Favourite films atm are Lovers of the Artic Circle, The Princess and the Warrior, Black Snake Moan, and Lady Vengence. I love to read & listen to books, and I'm on a real Ian Banks kick at the moment, listen toTerry Prattchet to cure insomnia, and love a good Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie.