Hutongs are a type of alley way which
are commonly found in Beijing. The Hutongs in Beijing
are formed by lines of traditional courtyard residences
(Siheyuan). Neighborhoods were formed by joining one
siheyuan to another to form a hutong and then joining
one hutong to another.
As a symbol of Beijing, the layout of the hutongs and
courtyards are like an orderly chessboard but the history
that remains in these alleyways have stood the test
One of the most famous Hutongs has to be the Beixinqiao
Hutong which is said have the most turns. With more
than 20 routes getting lost is not all that difficult.
The most narrow has to be Qian Shi Hutong which is located
on Zhubao Shi Street the most narrow part is only 40
centimeters wide. The longest Hutong is located on Chang'an
Avenue stretching to East Street and West street spanning
a total of 6.5 kilometers.
The number of Hutongs in Beijing have decreased dramatically
due to the urbanization of Beijing. However, recently
there have been attempts to protect these historic areas
in an attempt to preserve history.
Beijing Travel Attractions
Shichahai & Hutong