Beijing - Dashilar & Xīchéng South (Chapter)
This is the Dashilar & Xīchéng South chapter from Lonely Planet's Běijīng guidebook.
Known as Běijīng's backpacker central, due to the many hostels in the nearby hútòng (alleyways). This neighbourhood is a handy location for the major sights and is also home to the best acrobatics and opera shows in town.
- peruse the historic shopping street of Dashilar, still home to some of the oldest and most prestigious emporiums in the city
- wind your way through the fascinating hútòng west of Meishi Jie, once infamous as old Peking's red-light district
- check out the distinctly different Muslim neighbourhood around Niujie Mosque
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Qiánmén to Líulìchǎng Walk, Entertainment and Shopping.
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