Hutongs are a type of narrow street in Beijing and other northern cities in China. Traditionally they are the alley ways between walled courtyard houses… Our hotel was one such courtyard.

We got to explore a couple of other Hutongs on our FREE walking tour of Beijing where we got to meet ‘The Cricket Man’ of BeijingĀ in his home. He is a pretty crazy guy and local celebrity (he has been in many magazines) for his cricket (yep the insect) fighting abilities. He made his living training and gambling with fighting crickets. He enjoyed showing us some of his prize fighters as well as some other animals he keep in his home… very strange indeed.