United Airlines offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Beijing.
WHERE TO STAY
65 Baochao Hutong
Ten-room boutique property with rates from $113.
7 Qiangulouyuan Hutong
Traditional rosewood furniture fills the bright rooms facing tranquil courtyards. Rooms from $113.
Old Beijing Square
A 38 Baochao Hutong
Chinese musical instruments adorn the glass-covered courtyard of this 300-year-old house in an up-and-coming hutong. Rooms from $32.
WHERE TO EAT
4 Fangzhuanchang Hutong
From-scratch Italian dishes such as pappardelle with rabbit ragu start at $10.
80 Baochao Hutong
This unpretentious rooftop eatery serves Beijing’s current culinary obsession, Yunnan cuisine, such as beef in lime sauce, lemongrass fish and pineapple rice, starting at $8.
9 Daqudeng Hutong
Costumed staff and traditional dance shows may seem over-the-top, but the lavish imperial fare, such as duck hotpot, is delectable. Set meals from $32.
WHAT TO DO
Serk Cycling Co.
40-2 Beixinqiao San Tiao Hutong
Bar-cum-bike shop offering rental bikes and theme tours.
35 Mao’er Hutong
Luxury shop carrying limited-edition products by international and Chinese designers.
23 Doujiao Lane
Couture and wine are the main focus of this lifestyle boutique, which hosts art exhibitions and theater events.
The Hutong (Beijing Culture Exchange Center)
1 Jiu Dao Wan Zhong Xiang Hutong
A two-hour walking tour takes visitors off the beaten path to the winding alleyways. From $19 per person.