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Yonghegong / Dongsishitiao
The Yonghe/Dongsi area is a good solution for people searching for traditional Beijing accommodation while maintaining close access to CBD and Sanlitun areas.
This area is characterized by the colorful 17th century Tibetan monastery (“Yonghe Gong” or “Lama Temple”), the largest active Buddhist temple in Beijing.
Only hutongs and some older apartment complexes are available in this area of the city. Every kind of hutong can be found for every price range. Reasonably, prices vary according to location, renovation, and size. For example, a 60 sqm un-renovated hutong can be rented for around RMB 5,000/month while a newly renovated 400 sqm hutong (including jacuzzi, sauna, two-floors, great city access, etc) can be rented for around RMB 60,000/month.
Shopping & Amenities
Raffles City, a new shopping center in the area, is located near Dongzhimen Bridge. Smaller shops on the main street as well as new trendy shops located in the inner street (Wudaoying Hutong) are popular. Here you can find a French butcher, foreign restaurants, and boutique clothing shops.
Entertainment & Leisure
Some of the most famous bars and restaurants are located here (e.g. Le Café de la Poste, Vineyard Café, etc.). Also, many concert venues such as Mao Live House can make living in a Beijing hutong feel active.
Though not convenient for foreign schools, Beijing Dongzhimen Middle School, Beijing No. 196 Middle School, Beijing Guozijian Middle School, and some private kindergartens are all within the area.
Subway lines 2 and 5 allow people to explore this area rather easily. However, many people in this area use the bus for daily transportation. Buses head directly to both Sanlitun and CBD areas. However, traffic during peak hours can be very heavy making the subway a great alternative.
Beijing No. 6 Hospital located in Jiaodaokou North Second Alley is a nearby hospital place for emergencies. For more complicated health issues, you may prefer to head to either SOS Clinic in Dongzhimen or Beijing United Family Hospital in Lido.
|Easy access to subway station and 2nd ring road (Airport expressway)||High traffic during pick hours|
|Couple of foreign restaurants and bars (Wudaoying Hutong Alley)||No major supermarkets with foreign food|
|Quiet and traditional lifestyle (local community)||Few attractions in the area (except the lama and Confucius temple)|
|Village Atmosphere inside the city center|