Hutongs are old traditional narrow alleys and single story courtyard houses. Hutongs once dominated the city of Beijing, but since the mid-20th century have been demolished in the name of modernization. Many still survive today, preserving this aspect of Chinese cultural history and traditional life.
Sofu Hotels is located in Huguosi Street, which is an authentic Beijing neighbourhood situated inside one of the city’s most famous Hutongs – the Huguosi Hutong, which is a 600m-long ancient commercial street named after the former Huguosi Temple. Huguosi Street was first formed in the Yuan Dynasty, over 800 years ago.
Today Huguosi Hutong is mainly famous for one thing: its restaurants and street food. The famous Beijing snacks offer the real taste of Beijing – local flavours that have visitors and locals alike pilgrim to this area.
But Huguosi Street has more to offer than local snacks and restaurant. Visitors also come to discover the history and culture hidden behind this traditional street, and visit one of many street-front stores, small boutiques or antique shops.
Professional musicians and music lovers also flock to this area. The neighbouring Shinjekou Street is famous for its large variety of musical instrument shops, ranging from Chinese harps to saxophones.
From the Airport by Taxi:
Taxi fares from the airport are between RMB 80 – 100. The ride takes about 45 minutes. Please be informed that there may be a long queue for taxi outside the airport exit; and waiting time may takes up to 1 hour.
An airport transfer in a private car (maximum 4 passengers) will cost approximately RMB 350. If you wish to book this service please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Airport by Subway:
At Terminal 3 take the Subway Airport Express towards Dongzhimen (2 stops, 20 minutes, CNY25/pax). Walk to Dongzhimen Subway Station, take Line 2 towards Xizhimen (5 stops, 15 minutes). Transfer to Subway Line 4 towards Ping'Anli Station (2 stops, 4 minutes). Take Exit B when leaving the station to the hotel. Just walk 20 meters straight ahead and then turn the first right into Huguosi Street and walk another 100 meters to reach Sofu Hotel (left sidewalk).
From Beijing Railway Station:
Taxi fares from the airport are approximately RMB 20. The ride takes about 20 minutes (8 km).
Take Subway take Line 2 to Xuanwumen Station and transfer to Line 4 to Ping'Anli Station. Walking instructions from the station to the hotel as above.
From Beijing West Railway Station:
Taxi fares from the airport are approximately RMB 30. The ride takes about 25 minutes (10 km).
By Subway take Line 9 to BAISHIQIAO South Station and transfer to Line 6 to Ping'Anli Station. Walking instructions from the station to the hotel as above.
From Beijing South Railway Station:
Taxi fares from the airport are approximately RMB 20. The ride takes about 20 minutes (9 km).
By Subway take Line 4 to Ping'Anli Station. Walking instructions from the station to the hotel as above.
The best, fastest and cheapest way to get around in Beijing is by Subway. Fares are CNY2 (0.20 EUR, 0.30 US$) regardless of the distance and transfers between lines. Station names and announcements are also in English.
The station closest to Sufu Hotel is Ping'Anli Station which is served by Line 4 and Line 6. The station is just about 100 meters away from the hotel. Take Exit B when leaving the station to the hotel. Just walk 20 meters straight ahead and then turn the first left into Huguosi Street and walk another 100 meters to reach Sofu Hotel (left sidewalk).
Metro maps are available at the hotel and free metro passes available when booking directly on our website: www.sofuhotel.com.
- Huguo Xin Tian Di Gourmet City: Gourmet mall just next to the hotel, featuring gourmet Chinese and international restaurants, a boutique specialty beer brewery & bar, high-end stores and an alternative modern and hip theatre.
- Prince Kung’s Mansion: 750 meters walking distance.
- Houhai, Bell Tower and Drum tower: 1 stop to Beihai Station, Line 6.
- Beihai Park: 1 stop, Line 4 or 6.
- Wangfujing Shopping Street: 6 stops (change at Xidan Station), Line 4.
- Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City: 4 stops (change at Xidan Station), Line 4.
- Nan Luo Gu Xiang: 2 stops , Line 6.
- Beijing National Grand Theater: 4 stops (change at Xidan Station), Line 4.
- Lama Temple: 6 stops (change at Chegongzhuang), Line 6.
- Beijing Zoo: 3 stops, Line 4.
- Sanlitun Nightlife Bar Street: 8 stops (change at Hujialou Station), Line 6
- Temple of Heaven: 8 stops (change at Dongsi Station), Line 6
- Capital Museum: 6 stops (change at Xidan Station), Line 4
- Water Cube and Olympic Stadium: 7 stops (change at Nanluoguxiang), Line 6
The Great Wall is a must see on a trip to China. Along the total length of the Great Wall around Beijing, there are eight major sections including Badaling, Juyongguan, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and Simatai. Most of the sections of Great Wall in Beijing are well-preserved and mainly the remains from the Ming Dynasty, an era of huge construction.
Our Front Desk can give information and book 1-day bus tours to the Great Wall. Contact us at least 1 day in advance.
Badaling Great Wall RMB1000
Mutianyu Great Wall RMB1200
Prices quoted only for car rental and driver’s fee. Tour guide and attraction entrance tickets at customers own expenses.
Can combine with other attractions or travel plans.
We can also arrange private Great Wall Tours for your convenience (this will avoid bus tours’ shopping stops).
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the centre of Beijing and within walking distance from the Hotel.
Opening Hour: 8:30-17:00
Entrance Fee: RMB 60
Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world.
At sunrise and sunset the raising and lowering ceremony of the Chinese National Flag is well worth watching. The precision of the young troops is impressive. Go there about 30 minutes early to have a good seat
Tiananmen Square: Free
Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace): RMB 15
The Great Hall of the People: RMB 15
Chairman Mao's Mausoleum: Free
The National Museum of China: RMB 15
Open Time (Tiananmen Square): Whole Day
The Temple of Heaven, situated in southeastern Beijing, is the largest extant sacrificial temple in China. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was the site of Imperial sacrificial offerings. Great place to visit and relax or walk around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and a huge lake.
Open Time: 6:00-21:00
Entrance Fee: RMB 35
Shichahai is an area worth visiting for its stunning lakes. Along the Hou Hai lake you will find a bustling entertainment area - Beijing's newly developed old town full of small bars and pubs. Shichahai is also home to historical monuments such as the Drum Tower and Bell Tower and of course the famous Beijing Hutongs. The towers served as the official clocks for the capital city during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasty. Both towers were built in 1272 during the Yuan Dynasty. The old streets along the lakes such as Yan Dai Xie Jie are great places for strolling around and shopping.
Towers Open daily 9-4:30
Nanluoguxiang was built in the Yuan Dynasty and received its current name during the Qing Dynasty, around 1750. In recent years, the hutong has become a popular tourist destination with many bars, stores and galleries. Great place to enjoy a beer and to stroll around. Located just a few kilometres from our hotel and 2 metro stops.
Beijing Opera typically consists of a number of stylized actions, including singing, dancing, dialogue and acrobatic fighting to tell a story or present different characters and their feelings of happiness, anger, sorrow, surprise, fear and sadness. In Peking opera there are four main types of roles: sheng (male) dan (young female), jing( painted face,male), and chou (clown, male or female). The characters may be loyal or treacherous, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, their images being vividly presented.
Huguang Huiguan Ancient Opera Building
Time: 9:00-19: 00 closed on Monday
Ticket: RMB 150
Ticket: RMB 20-150
Chang'an Grand Theatre
Time: afternoon and evening show
Ticket: RMB 20-180
The Summer Palace is a former imperial palace and now a park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the largest royal garden in China, Beijing's Summer Palace is actually a park-like imperial retreat spread out over 10 square miles. The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden that exists in China.
Open Time: 6:30-20:30
Entrance Fee: RMB 40 (low season) / RMB 50 (peak season)
The Olympic Green, National Stadium and National Aquatics Center are three structures constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympic. The National Stadium is the centerpiece of this project. In the evenings the water cube has enchanting water & light show played to a live orchestra.
Ticket Price:RMB50 for the National Stadium; RMB30 for the National Aquatics
Opening Time: 09:00-18:00 (Mar.-Oct.); 09:00-17:30 (Nov.-Feb.)
Sanlitun is an area of the Chaoyang District, in Beijing that contains many popular bar streets and international stores. The area has been under almost constant regeneration since the late 20th century as part of a city-wide project of economic regrowth. It currently houses many bars and clubs popular with both expatriates and locals as well as international brand-name stores and the Sanlitun Village shopping mall. The Ya Show market is also in the area, and is a popular destination for tourists wishing to buy counterfeit clothes.