One thing you can’t overlook on your trip to Beijing are the Beijing hutongs or small alleyways that are formed by lines of old traditional courtyard residences called siheyuan and are scattered all over the city. Sadly, many of these hutong areas are being torn down for development but thankfully there are still a few left. We headed for the Bell Tower area of hutongs and weren’t disappointed. Once you break away from the crowds and enter into these old neighborhoods, it’s easy to get swept up in the sites and smells of the past. Pack your walking shoes because you’re going to want to spend hours weaving through all the Beijing hutongs.