The slow and smooth rickshaw ride in Beijing's Hutongs gives passengers a great opportunity to appreciate the sights of old parts of China's capital city. Tourists at home and abroad would like to have a rickshaw tour. Beijing is an ancient city well-known for its vast number of small Hutongs behind the wide streets and avenues, this specialty is quite rare to see in other cities. Usually taxis don't like to go into the Hutongs. If they do, they find the lanes leading nowhere.
Hutong tour in a rickshaw is an ideal mean to know Beijing’s traditional culture, old architecture and its people's life. Locals especially the older generations would like to talk to you about the interesting anecdotes of Beijing's Hutong. The copper bells ringing and pedaler's yellow waistcoat are the symbol of the rickshaws nowadays, although these things are not well matched with the ancient culture, it is still worth to see the Hutongs by this kind of vehicle.
Fayuan Monastery (法源寺) was built in the Tang Dynasty in the year 645 AD. This is Beijing's oldest Buddhist monastery. In 1965 and 1980, it established China Buddhist Institution and Chinese Collection House of Buddhist Books and Relics respectively. The Sutra Collection Hall has tens of Buddha sculptures from ancient imperial dynasties of different expressions. The beautiful flowers in the courtyard of Fayuan Monastery are also very good to see.
The Former Government Office of Northern Warlord Duan Qirui (段祺瑞执政府) is also the old residence of him. Duan (1865 - 1936) had six times been top leader of the Northern Warlords Government. It is mixed the architectural styles of Chinese and Western. The carvings on the bricks at the main building are very attractive. It is quite difficult to believe these are the works of man.
The Confucian Temple in the Hutongs is the second biggest of its kind in China, but to the importance of the ancient architectural value, the Imperial Central School (Guozijian, 国子监) is so significant. It was the venue for lecturing by emperors in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The grand hall is tall and majestic that it can be regarded as the classic in Chinese ancient architecture. Lu Xun, the famous Chinese modern writer had once been there compiling the old documents when he was young.
Cypress Temple (柏林寺) is famous for it has many old and strange trees. Cypresses are many, but there are also gingkoes of over a thousand years old.
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