Beijing’s old hutongs are an enchanting place to many tourists around the world, but how to learn about their history and development without a tour guide?
Recently, nameplates with a QR code were posted to tell history on walls of Sanyanjing hutongs of Jingshan Subdistrict of Dongcheng District of Beijing.
Apart from the Sanyanjing hutongs, the subdistrict plans to sort out hutongs' name origin, development and historical stories of celebrities’ former residences, generate QR codes, and then post them at a prominent position of each hutong. While touring hutongs, tourists can scan the QR codes to learn about the history of each hutong with voice, text, video and photo materials.
“We want to build the Jingshan area into a physical museum via QR codes,” an official from Jingshan Subdistrict introduced.
Currently, the subdistrict is establishing an advisory group of residents, experts and scholars so as to enrich the content of QR codes. In the future, the QR code tour guides are expected to work for 73 hutongs and six major streets in Jingshan Subdistrict.