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Hutong is the traditional form of residence of Beijingers. Dating back for nearly a century, these tiny alleyways are becoming an attraction of on their own right as they are fast disappearing due to urbanization. A typical Hutong usually stands about five meters wide (though some can be extremely narrow) and is flanked with courtyard houses shared by multiple families with a common open yard in the center. This is the place to experience Beijing's friendliness, vibrancy and livelihood. Try picturing vest-sporting grandpas exchange notes on petting birds, formidable cyclists whiz through the passage way full speed on a communist-era two wheel while chatty aunties arrange pink lady hangouts by visiting the local... Read More

Hutong is the traditional form of residence of Beijingers. Dating back for nearly a century, these tiny alleyways are becoming an attraction of on their own right as they are fast disappearing due to urbanization. A typical Hutong usually stands about five meters wide (though some can be extremely narrow) and is flanked with courtyard houses shared by multiple families with a common open yard in the center. This is the place to experience Beijing's friendliness, vibrancy and livelihood. Try picturing vest-sporting grandpas exchange notes on petting birds, formidable cyclists whiz through the passage way full speed on a communist-era two wheel while chatty aunties arrange pink lady hangouts by visiting the local fruit and veg vendors. The best hutongs to explore include the buzzing and commerialized Nanluoguxiang and the more hipster and offbeat Baochao Hutong.

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