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Beijing Hutong

 

Hutong, Beijing
Hutong

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 of time.

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.

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