Quadrangles, usually called Siheyuan in Chinese, are tradidtional residential compound with house around courtyards. Just as the name implies, these court are formed by inward- facing houses on four sides. It is closed in by enclosure walls. With a long history, the Quadrangles today remains have been improved for several times.
After you watch those quadrangles, you will find that there are three kinds of quadrangles, large, medium, and small. All quadrangles were built in a strict set of rules. They have different size and style that on could tell whether they belong to private individuals or the powerful and rich.
While you watch these quadrangles, you could deeply feel the culture of Chinese for that the fittings, decorations and paintings in the quadrangles display the local customs and traditional culture and show-case people's wish for happiness, beauty, well-being, and good luck.
Usually, most people like to plant some flowers in quadrangles. There was a common saying going around in Beijing in the Qing Dynasty, "Awning, fishbowl, pomegranate tree, master, big dog and fatty maid", which had vividly presented a picture of the leisurely and idle of wealthy families in old time quadrangles.
Only watch quadrangles, you can truly get a deep understanding about the old Beijing and its Hutong culture.
As one of the most famous Hutong districts in Beijing, Nanluoguxiang is a mix of history, fashion and shops. Now it has been protected in order to preserve their unique architecture. There are bars, shops and restaurants here. It is an ideal place to eat with plenty of different establishments offering western food such as pizza and coffee. Also Chinese meals are available if you want to taste traditional Chinese food.
As a big hit with tourists, Nanluoguxiang Tour is popular both among domestic and foreign tourists.
Besides, there are many world famous attractions such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City. They are very neat to Nanluoguxiang. So after you visit Nanluoguxiang, you could also pay a visit to these famous attractions. We hope you have a wonderful visa free Beijing tour.