Re RE:Valerie :
Hi, Valerie. My advice for you is a guide would be better for your Hutong tour
in Beijing. Hutong is an important and interesting part of local Beijing culture, hiring a guide, especially a local Beijing guide would help you get to know more authentic Hutongs. They know what are the most interesting parts of the Hutongs, what could be neglected, also those legends about Hutongs would make your trip sweeter. Hutongs in some places have complicated routes, you may get lost if you travel alone. While a guide would help you save time and find the best of Hutong.