Imperial City Ruins Park
Small road-side square; popular evening spot for formation dancing.
Mào'ér Lǎolǐ Health Club
Located intriguingly inside part of an old courtyard off historic Mao'er Hutong, this small massage parlour is great value. One hour...
Qi Baishi's Former Residence
Known for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolors, Qi Baishi (1864–1957) was an influential Chinese painter who lived in...
Pass By Bar
One of Beijing's longest running bars, Pass By is a local institution and offers respite from tourist-clogged Nanluogu Xiang. Run by...
There's nothing outstanding about the food here, although it's tasty enough. But the heritage building and the roof terrace seating...
Nanluogu Xiang · interesting places nearby
Nanluogu Xiang information
Once neglected and ramshackle, strewn with spent coal briquettes in winter and silent bar the hacking coughs of shuffling old-timers and the jangling of bicycle bells, the funky north–south alleyway of Nanluogu Xiang (literally ‘South Gong and Drum Alley’, and roughly pronounced ‘nan-law-goo-syang’ ) has been undergoing evolution since 1999 when Pass By Bar first threw open its doors, and was the subject of a complete makeover in 2006. Today, the alley is an insatiably bubbly strip of bars, wi-fi cafes, restaurants, hotels and trendy shops.
It is also a victim of its own success, though. Come here on a summer weekend to experience more people than you thought could possibly fit onto one street! With that in mind, don’t miss exploring the quieter alleys, which fan out from the main lane and house Qing-dynasty courtyards as well as hidden cafes, shops, restaurants and bars.