Here are some photos I took during my walk:
The original Drum Tower dates back to 1272, during Kublai Khan's reign. The current incarnation was built in 1420.
Today people carry their own time-keeping devices.
A man guards the Drum Tower's gate. The building is under construction.
When I pointed my camera at this fake soldier, he pointed his fake gun at me.
The man on the left trains birds. The man on the right is just curious.
One of the birds, attached to a nail by its breast.
Electricity is a welcome achievement in the hutongs.
Roasting ducks, possibly for Peking duck, a local specialty.
A motorcycle delivery man.
These rickshaw drivers will show you around the neighborhood for a modest fee.
Happy officers give a Chinese warning.
New and old.
The Hello Kitty car.
A crumbling facade.
Another rickshaw driver.
Those infamous public bathrooms don't clean themselves.
Future roof tiles.
Friends taking a stroll through the neighborhood.
The elderly are revered in China.
Time for a newspaper break.
“Must wear defence mask” is always sound advise.
Beer bottles stacked on a window sill.