Leaning against the Central Academy of Drama and embracing Prince Seng's Mansion, the Hutong Impressions Guesthouse at the Banchang Hutong thoroughly and carefully restores the life of families in Hutongs of the past time. A dazzling Yongjiu (Forever) 28-inch bicycle stands in front of the door and a row of bamboo birdcages hang from the eave. Hearing the ding-dong of the copper bell, an aunt walked out and welcomed visitors. The Beijing greetings make guest feels at home in the deep hutong.
A giant hand drawing comes into the sight as soon as we entered the lobby. A stand of trees and the houses with red doors and gray walls along the street brings the memory back to yesterday. The collections of the owners are exhibited on the hand-made tables and shelves in the spacious and bright lobby. The dated radio, iron thermos bottle, Tu'er Ye (a traditional craft), iron frog, every item reminds of the old days. A rusting child’s tricycle beside the arhat bed wows everyone. Nobody forgets the carefree childhood. Behind the gauze curtain is a pocket-size yard; several lanterns on the booming bamboos swings in the breeze. The owner treated us with home-made soy milk. A taste of home comes with the sip of soy milk.
The decoration is simple but thoughtful. The ink paintings of bamboo, kingfisher, and calyx canthus are ethereal and the paper-cut lamp brings warmness. Each room is named after the name of Hutongs in Luoguxiang, such as Suoyi Hutong, Ju’er Hutong, Chaodou Hutong, Dongmianhua Hutong. Outside the window, the genuine impressions of Hutong are presented by the courtyards with gray bricks and green tiles.
Address: No. 8, Banchang Hutong Jia, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
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