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Beijing hutong

Hutongs (胡同) are the narrow alleys that criss-cross the traditional Beijing neighbourhoods of courtyard residences. Rapid development in the mid-20th century saw the demolition of many of these neighbourhoods, until the government demarcated the remaining hutongs as conservation areas - certainly a stab in the right direction to preserve Chinese traditional culture & architecture.

 

Some of the siheyuans (courtyard residence) have been lovingly restored.

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Taken on August 21, 2012