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Beijing Hutongs are a kind of narrow alleyways, or more frequently with Beijingers living place. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys with siheyuan that formed the traditional beijing courtyard residences.  The word Beijing Hutongs is also used to refer to these neighborhoods in beijing.

Since the mid-20th Century, the number of Beijing hutongs dramatic going down as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural and history.

Beijing Tourist Attraction – Beijing Hutong

The word “Hutong’originated the Mongolian word” huto “, which means that water wells.Since nomadic tribes live and stay near water wells, they called the small alleys” huto.

hungtong beijingBeijing Hutong held its first appearance in Beijing in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The name was gradually adopted by all the inhabitants of Beijing, and was brought to present.The houses built on each side of Hutong are called Siheyuan (square), generally rectangular housing compounds, where four buildings each sides.Almost quadrangle, surrounded by high walls.In fact, Hutong is formed by quadrangles standing side by side in a pass from the right.

The width of Hutong was clearly regulated in the Yuan Dynasty, and is measured in steps. The passage of six steps in width was called Hutong, is directly east of the crossing west.A 24 steps in width was then known as the street that runs north south.The whole city, therefore, like a chessboard.beijing hutong

With the passage of dynasties, this provision, however, does not seem to be as strictly observed in the Ming and Qing dynasty.The sense Hutong, in the broadest sense, including alleys, passages and even small streets.

hutong in beijing“There are 360 hutong with names and not names so much hair out.” It’s an old adage used to describe the innumerable Hutong Beijing.The say, somewhat exaggerated, but it reflects the fact that Beijing Hutong are numerours everywhere.According and scattered historical records, there were only 413 and went to Hutong Beijing in the number of the Yuan Dynasty. The increase in 1170 during the Ming dynasty, the Qing Dynasty in 2077 and 6104 in the midst of all 1980s.If hutong were arranged in a row, they form a new “Great Wall”.

People say that a true culture of “Hutong Culture” in Beijing is the “heart of the Beijing culture.” How true that is. It is often winding hutongs of Beijing, which attract tourists from home and abroad instead of skyscrapers and mansions.

What is Beijing Hutong

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Beijing Hutong

Beijing Hutong is a typical small street or alley in Beijing, which occurred during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). “Hutong” is a Mongolian word meaning “good or water wells” Meanwhile, water is also a settlement, around which people lived. There are tens of thousands of hutongs surrounding the Beijing Forbidden City. In the past, Beijing was composed of many households. Beijing Hutongs are formed when people leave the passage between the two sites, to introduce more comfortable.

As a symbol of Beijing Hutong has its own style and structure that makes it a miracle in the world. When shooting with a bird’s eye view of Beijing, you will find a combination of hutongs and courtyards that board ordered with beautiful gardens, magnificent rocks, and ancient ruins. Hutongs is Beijing witness. Where is a Hutong, Where is a part of Beijing history.

Among the numerous hutongs of Beijing, Hutong Beixinqiao bends the most. There are over 20, you can easily get lost. Qian Shi hutong is a narrow hutong (money market Hutong), size 30 to 40 meters (32 to 44 meters), located in the street of Zhubao Shi. Narrowest part of this hutong is only 40 centimeters (16 inches) wide, so that when two people meet, they have to turn sideways to pass each other. Long Dong Jiaomin is a Hutong, with a total length of 6.5 kilometers (4 miles), located between Chang’an Avenue and East Street and West Gate, Front Street. The shortest one Hutong Guantong about 30 meters (33 yards).

Come see by hiring a hutong rickshaw, and you get a real taste of Beijing!

Beijing Hutong Tours

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beijing hutong tour

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The word Beijing “Hutong” originated from the Mongolian word “huto”, which means water wells. Since nomadic tribes used to live and stay near water wells, they called the small alleys “huto” or hutong lane.

Beijing Hutong Half Day Bike Tour

Hutongs are narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences.

Beijing Hutoung One Day Private Tour

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hutong beijing

Shichahai Hutong area is a centraly preserved zone showcasing the life of old Beijing. Lama Temple is the largest and the best preserved lamasery in beijing.If you look down at Coal Hill Park by satellite, it is just like a buddha sit cross his`s legs

Beijing Evening Hutong Private Night Tour

When mentioned the night life of Beijing people, Houhai Bar Street and Sanlitun Bar Street should be the top two attractions to the trendy people. “Hou” means “back” while “hai” means “sea” in Chinese.

Beijing Panda Hutong One Day Private Tour Kids Hutong tour is a little bit different from regular Hutong Tour .Because kids’ curiosity and interest is even bigger that adult. BeijingFeeling kids hutong tour, kids and their family can see some lovely animals in the zoo

Beijing Hutong One Day Private Tour

The width of Hutong was clearly regulated in the Yuan Dynasty and measured by steps. A passage of six steps in width was called a hutong, running directly from east to west.

Beijing Half Day Hutong Private Tour

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The Prince Gong’s Mansion or Gong Wang Fu Museum is located in the western part of central Beijing Hutong, China, north of the Shichahai Lake. Consisting of large mansions in the typical siheyuan laylout and gardens

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Hutong had its first appearance in Beijing in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).The name was gradually adopted by all the residents of Beijing , and has been handed down to the present.

If you want a glimpse of Beijing  City, it is strongly recommended that a short tour to the Beijing hutong to see the ancient alleyways or courtyards, the traditional courtyard houses in Beijing. You can explore the narrow winding hutong streets, on foot, by bicycle or trishaw.

Beijing Hutongs History

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During the dynastic period of China, the emperors planned the city of Beijing and arranged the residential areas by social class of the Zhou Dynasty (1027 – 256 BC). The word “hutong” originally meant “well water” to be the first time during the Yuan Dynasty, and is probably a term of Mongolian origin.

In the Ming Dynasty (early 15th century), was the center of the Forbidden City, surrounded by concentric circles of the inner city and outer city. The citizens of higher social status were permitted to live closer to the center of the circles. Aristocrats lived in the east and west of the Imperial Palace. The siheyuan Many of these officials and wealthy merchants often featured beautifully carved and painted roof beams and pillars and carefully landscaped gardens. The hutongs have been formed, they ordered, lined with large houses and walled gardens. Later, the palace, and in the north and south were simple, merchants, craftsmen and laborers. Their farms were much smaller and simpler in design and decoration as well as the hutongs were narrower.

Almost all had their siheyuan main buildings and gates facing south for better lighting, so that a majority of hutongs from east to west. Between the main hutongs, many tiny lanes ran north and south for convenient passage.

Historically, a Hutong once as the lowest administrative geographic areas within a city in ancient China was used in the system Paifang (牌坊): The largest division within a city in ancient China was a crocodile (坊), leading to police station to present days. Each trap (坊) was surrounded by walls or fences and doors of these cabinets were closed and guarded all night, like a modern church closed. Each trap (坊) was in a license plate or Pai (牌), which divided one-day courses (non-) community (or district). Each PAI (牌), which in turn contains an area with several hutongs, and during the Ming Dynasty, Beijing was in a total of 36 teeth (坊) divided.

But as the old Chinese system of urban management division way has given the population and households rather than geographical divisions, departments, the hutongs have more than the low level of administrative and geographic distribution have been replaced by other approaches used in the division.

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  1. IF you want to see a genuine Beijing People home, to have a peek ,I highly recommend the rickshaw ride or pedicab, two people per pedicab so if there is an odd number in your group, someone is in a cab by themselves.

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