On my last saturday in BJ I went on a tour with Cindy. Cindy is a friend of my host Andrew. She grew up in Haerbin but has lived in BJ for some time. She actually never had been to the Summer Palace before so I thought where better to visit. I have to say, traveling with a native speaker is much easier than not. After the palace she took me to the hutongs in the Dongcheng section of town.
The long corridor.
read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Corridor
The famed marble boat.
read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble_Boat
Our rickshaw driver in the Dongcheng hutongs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutong
The more commercialized hutong streets. They've turned the streets into trendy restaurant, bars and clothing stores. Also, they have tones of chinese "crap" stores. these are the stores that sell random cheaply made Chinese souvenir and junk stuff.