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"Get lost in the Hutong" Hutongs Tip by calcaf38

Hutongs, Beijing: 72 reviews and 163 photos

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You will read everywhere that the Hutong, once the very fabric of Beijing, are being destroyed at an alarming rate. And you will see some Hutong in the process of being demolished.

That may be the case, but there is still plenty to enjoy: somewhat fancier Hutong near the lakes, and more utilitarian ones South of the Lama Temple for instance.

No matter what, just walk in the Hutong (but not in the courtyards unless you are invited). It is a glimpse of traditional life.

I recommend the wonderful film "Together" for an interesting contrast between life in the Hutong, and life in apartment buildings. The original title of the film is He Ni Zai Yi Qi (together with you).

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  • Updated Mar 3, 2006
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