Time-honored Alley —— Dongjiaominxiang
Hutong, one of the main features of Beijing, is mostly frequented by visitors. Overlooking from the guest rooms of Capital Hotel, Dongjiaominxiang Alley, the longest Hutong in Beijing, just comes into your sight.
The alley is 1552 meters long. In the Yuan Dynasty, Dongjiaominxiang was named Jiangmixiang Alley (literally Glutinous Rice Alley). In the Ming and Qing Dynasty, Dongjiaominxiang Alley is where the government offices were located. Since 1900, it became Foreign Embassy District where housed the embassies of France, Japan, the U.S.A, Germany, Russia, Belgium, etc. In 2001, the embassy buildings were officially designated as the key National Cultural Relic under Preservation Units.
Dongjiaominxiang Alley was restored from 2011 to 2015. Walking along people may get the feel of the past glory of this time-honored alley.