Nanluoguxiang is a well-preserved ancient part of the town in Beijing, with traditional architecture, the street area also known as hutong , located in the Dongcheng district. It is approximately 800m long, running from East Guluo Street to Di'anmen East Street.
Nanluoguxiang was built in the Yuan Dynasty and received its current name during the Qing Dynasty, around 1750. In recent years, the area's hutong has become a popular tourist destination with siheyuan, Chinese restaurants, ceramics, and antique shops. Nanluoguxiang Station of Beijing Subway opened in 2012 and is located near the south entrance of the hutong.
Nanluoguxiang can be directly reached via subway. Really convenient. I suggest walking along one of the side street into the traditional Chinese Hutong and appreciate the architecture. The main street is lined by shops selling all sorts or souvenirs, food and accessories.
Wander the ancient (13th century) street plans of this very busy shopping district and Hutong area. The streets split off from the main street like vertebrae from a spine. It's like a free open-air museum. Take line 6 to Nanluoguxiang or get off at Beihai North and check out Beihai Park and then walk past some beautiful examples of hutong districts and arrive at the Nanluoguxiang shopping street.
This area is the original Beijing city. It's mostly preserved and is now filled with a bunch of shops and fast food spots. There's even a Starbucks there (Menu is not in English). It's a popular place and is filled with locals and tourists. You definitely want to visit this area. Just a heads up, no one speaks English and bring cash. Also, the offline map shows this area way off to the right. So make sure to take a screen shot of it when it's the non offline map or google maps.