Sitting On The City Walls Courtyard House
Sitting on the City Walls is an attractive hostel housed in a beautifully-renovated traditional courtyard house in old town Beijing. We offer private and dormitory accommodation in rooms equipped with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, wireless internet access and security lockers.
We are located at the heart of ancient Peking, just a few minutes' walk from such sights as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, WangFuJing shopping street and BeiHai Park. The surrounding area is home to plenty of shops and eateries.
Our friendly staff can provide a taste of true Chinese culture, arranging for guests to learn to write a few characters of the Chinese language with a brush pen, sing a line or two of Peking Opera, prepare their own dumplings or make a traditional kite.
Among a wide range of facilities available to guests, we have a common room, a bar, restaurant and café, a mini-supermarket and a 24-hour reception.
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- 24 hour reception
- 24 hour security
- Air Conditioning
- Bicycle parking
- Book exchange
- Breakfast not included
- Card phones
- Common Room
- Fax Service
- Free Internet Access
- Free Wifi
- Hair Dryers For Hire
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Mini Supermarket
- Postal Service
- Tours Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
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We're located in 'Jing Shan Hou Jie'. That means 'back street of Jing Shan park'; our address in Chinese is: 景 山 公 园 北 , 景 山 后 街, 丁 字 路 口 东 边 路 北 , 碾 子 胡 同 57 号.
Please find the 'SINOPEC Gas station ' first in short street, the gas station is about 30 meters east of the T junction （ JianShanHouJie and Di'anMen Inner street ）. By the East side, you will find a fenced GYM playground which many people play Ping Pong and Chess daytime, pass the playground that is entrance of the alley with sign of the '碾子胡同' in Chinese and 'Sitting on the City Walls' in English. Please follow the 'City Walls' sign hung on the wire pole in the alley (Enter the alley you will find a small parking then turn right). Turn into the small alley and walking about 1 minute.
Taxis are very cheap in Beijing. Between 5:00-23:00, the first 3km cost 10 RMB, thereafter 2 RMB/km. Anything over 15 km will be 3 RMB/km. You need pay gas surcharge 2 RMB/ride if over 3km. Every five minutes of waiting time you'll need pay a 1km fee. Between 23:00-5:00 the whole cost will raise about 50%.
From Airport: 27-28km,45-60 minutes, about 90 RMB.
From Beijing Central Station: 5-6km,20-30 minutes, about 20 RMB.
From Beijing West Railway Station: 12km, 30-45 minutes, about 35 RMB.
From Beijing South Railway Station: 12km,b30-45 minutes, about 35 RMB.
Most of the Taxi drivers can not speak English, Please learn some Chinese pronunciation:
JingShanHouJie (means name of street景山后街)
DingZilLuKouDong (means East of T junction丁字路口东)
ZhongShiHua JiaYouZhan (means Sinopec Gas station中石化加油站)
NianZI HuTong ( means name of alley 碾子胡同)
From NanLuoGuXiang station (line 6):
About 12-15 minutes' walk. From Exit A, to the ground, turn left, you can see a big sign for JianShan Park. Walking to big crossing, turn left into DiAnMen Inner Street. Go down and hit the red wall of JianShan Park, that is the T junction we mentioned and turn left you can see the Sinopec. The Metro is 2 RMB/person with free transfer in all lines. It runs 5:00-23:00.
From BeiHai North station (line six):
This is suitable if you have heavy luggage. From Exit D to the ground, you will find a big bus stop at once. Please take Bus 111 for three stops to JingShanDongJie; cost is 1 RMB/person. Get off the bus, go back to the corner, cross the street first and turn left. You will find the GYM only 30 meters away, that is the NianZiHuTong. The Metro is 2 RMB/person with free transfer in all lines. It runs 5:00-23:00.
From the airport:
Take the Airport Express to the last stop (DongZhiMen). Transfer to line 2 and go for two stops to ChaoYangMen. From there, transfer to line 6 and get off at either NanLuoGuXiang station or BeiHai North station and then follow directions as above. The Airport Express is 25 RMB/person and runs 6:00-22:00.
If you're a group of 2-4 people, a taxi will be more economical.
Alternately, take the Airport Express to DongZhiMen and then take bus No.107 for eight stops to DiAnMenWai (地安门外). Get off the bus, go straight past the crossing and go down. Hit the red wall of JianShan Park, that is thee T junction we metioned. Turn left and you will find the gas station. The bus costs 1 RMB/person and runs from 5:00-23:00.
From Beijing Central Station:
Take line 2 for two stops to ChaoYangMen, then transfer to Line 6 and follow directions as above.
From Beijing West Railway Station:
Take Line 9 for two stops to BaiShiQiaoNan, then transfer to Line 6 and follow directions as above.
From Beijing South Railway Station:
Take Line 4 for seven stops to PingAnLi, then transfer to Line 6 and follow directions as above.
After walking for five-to-ten minutes through the hutong, you promptly approach the Forbidden City, the BeiHai Park ( North Sea Park ) and the HouHai tourist site; in three-to-18 minutes' cycling you can also reach Tiananmen Square, WangFuJing Shopping Centre, The Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan), The Drum-Tower, Lama Temple and LiuLiChang (the antique calligraphy and painting street) . Dozen of bus lines in the surrounding areas ensure your travel is convenient and enjoyable.