I live in an old Beijing district know as Dongzhimen（东直门）which is actually the historic Eastern gate to the city. Much of the old history is lost, but the area beyond the gate entrance is still known for hot pot restaurants. This street, now called Dongzhimen nei, is where I live. Beijing residents know this same street as gui jie (鬼街，or "ghost street") and it's filled with places to eat, neon signs and red lanterns. The Russian embassy is very close, so the area has a small Russian feel with a few restaurants and shops catering to these diplomats or expats.
What's the history of your neighborhood?