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Jiu Men Xiao Chi (九门小吃) and Nan Luo Gu Alley (南锣鼓巷)

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Jiu Men Xiao Chi

Open 24 hrs, Jiu Men Xiao Chi served an array of Beijing-style snack stalls, which run back hundred of years in time. Most of them first opened before the turn of century. Over the years, they combine together under one roof in a courtyard house to form one large restaurant as business grew. When you get there, the first thing is to buy an electronic pay card at the cashier's counter (see picture). Next, pick up your tray and utensils opposite to the cashier counter and hop around the booth to select the dish you like, they will deduct the price from your card, sometimes asking you to return in five minutes for your food to be cooked. It is important for you to remember not to bring any meat items into the muslim stalls, not even walking pass through. In case you have forgotten, the vendors will remind you in a very polite manner. Finally, get yourself a seat and eat your meals. It will be quite a chaos during peak hours and will take a long time for you to find a seat. To find this place: walk on the right side of the lake, you are supposed to be at the opposite side of the bar street. If so, just walk straight ahead, 15-20 minutes reaching Soong Qing Ling former residence (see picture), from here to the alley takes about 5 minutes walking distance, once you see a signage board in green color on your right side (in Chinese characters), turn right into the alley, then right again following the arrow, you will then see a big wooden doors with red lantern display, this is the main door of Jiu Men Xiao Chi.

Downtown Backpackers tour package to Jinshanling-Simatai great wall
To save all your troubles, once you are in Houhai, asked the paddlecab man to take you to 九门小吃, they will drop you in front of the alley for 10rmb one way (you need to negotiate).

Nan Luo Gu Alley (南�"���"巷)

Nan Luo Gu Alley is not far from Houhai, it is quite easy to walk there from Houhai if you have a map with you.

Alex taking his snack food in a table-Jiu Men Xiao Chi
This alley is 700 meters long and are packed with bars, cozy cafes, restaurants and unique shops selling souvenirs and traditional crafts. Some restaurants and bars have rooftop seating during summer time. Downtown Backpackers Accommodation is in this alley, which I think it is a good location. There is one shop selling pottery where they have courses you can attend. It is nice to take some time to explore the shops in this alley, sit down in one of the cafe after a long walk and you have choice of cuisines when you are hungry. Going into the alley from the south entrance is on Di An Men Dong Da Jie (南�"���"巷的南门,在地安门东大街), walking north all the way until to the end of the alley, hitting a semi-major intersection, is Gu Lou Dong Da Jie (��"楼东大街). Turn to the left about 400 meters will get you to Drum Tower. This is my first time to Nan Luo Gu Alley, I will definitely come back to this place again, maybe I can continue to post some information about some shops I visit.

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Nan Luo Gu Xiang - The Downtown Ba…
Nan Luo Gu Xiang - The Downtown B…
Downtown Backpackers tour package …
Downtown Backpackers tour package…
Alex taking his snack food in a ta…
Alex taking his snack food in a t…
An alley lead to Jiu Men Xiao Chi,…
An alley lead to Jiu Men Xiao Chi…
Beef and Fish Balls - Jiu Men Xiao…
Beef and Fish Balls - Jiu Men Xia…
Enter from the main entrance, you …
Enter from the main entrance, you…
Bin Tang Hu Lu (sugar-coat fruits)…
Bin Tang Hu Lu (sugar-coat fruits…
Buy your card at this counter-Jiu …
Buy your card at this counter-Jiu…
Vendor selling grilled chicken and…
Vendor selling grilled chicken an…
Soong Qing Ling former resident pl…
Soong Qing Ling former resident p…
Man blow-sugar into shape at the m…
Man blow-sugar into shape at the …
Mixed Stew (Tofu, pig intestine et…
Mixed Stew (Tofu, pig intestine e…
Dessert cake at muslim vendor-Jiu …
Dessert cake at muslim vendor-Jiu…
Bao Du Feng, this is a famous bran…
Bao Du Feng, this is a famous bra…
Dou Zi Er, a kind of drink, most l…
Dou Zi Er, a kind of drink, most …
Muslim Vendors, do not bring any p…
Muslim Vendors, do not bring any …
This is one of my favorite, handma…
This is one of my favorite, handm…
One of the sitting area in Jiu Men…
One of the sitting area in Jiu Me…
The central sitting area in Jiu Me…
The central sitting area in Jiu M…
Sitting area near the cashier coun…
Sitting area near the cashier cou…
Opera clothing display on stage at…
Opera clothing display on stage a…
Take your utensil from the utensil…
Take your utensil from the utensi…
Main entrance of Jiu Men Xiao Chi
Main entrance of Jiu Men Xiao Chi
The green signage, Jiu Men Xiao Ch…
The green signage, Jiu Men Xiao C…
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Gift shop selling Beijing Postcard…
Gift shop selling Beijing Postcar…
Street vendor selling glutinous ri…
Street vendor selling glutinous r…
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Gift shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Guitar Bar-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Guitar Bar-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Hutong Bar-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Hutong Bar-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
I bought this at one of the gift s…
I bought this at one of the gift …
Same shop which I bought the bottl…
Same shop which I bought the bott…
Indian cuisine restaurant, all ser…
Indian cuisine restaurant, all se…
Korean cuisine restaurant-Nan Luo …
Korean cuisine restaurant-Nan Luo…
This is the first time I see such …
This is the first time I see such…
I like the things in this gift sho…
I like the things in this gift sh…
Pass by bar and cafe, business is …
Pass by bar and cafe, business is…
Silver shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Silver shop-Nan Luo Gu Xiang
Long queue for the yoghurt-Nan Luo…
Long queue for the yoghurt-Nan Lu…
This is a main entrance to a uniqu…
This is a main entrance to a uniq…
Nan Luo Gu Xiang, with shops, rest…
Nan Luo Gu Xiang, with shops, res…
Carve your name on stone stamping …
Carve your name on stone stamping…
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