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.
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.