Getting lost in the Beijing hutongs

Tonight, about six blocks from my destination, I decided to take a detour through the hutongs. So I left the main road and entered the maze of back alleys. I got lost almost immediately, and for two or three hours I just wandered. I could've found my way out much sooner, with a little bit of effort, but I enjoyed being lost. For the most part, there is nothing to do in the hutongs, but when taking the scenic route, doing stuff is not really the point.