The hutongs. These neighbourhoods epitomize old world Beijing, as you can see real, authentic Chinese life in action. The narrow streets or alleys are full of people going about their daily business, as well as some hidden gem restaurants. The most famous area is Yonghegong, where you can either take a walk or even rent a bicycle to meander through the area. If you've got time, this area also hosts the Lama Temple, one of the most beautiful lamaseries (this is a monastery for buddhist teachers) in China.