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Walking around Beijing's Hutong area

Date: 1/3/2008 3:58:00 AM by chinatravel Tags: Beijing Hutong

Beijing Hutong

The hutongs are the oldest neighborhoods in Beijing.  Narrow alleys running east-west with hundreds of "sub-alleys" leading off each side into private courtyards, which are "home" to as many as twenty families each (up to 60 people).  Each hutong has four buildings around a central courtyard.  Each building has one, maybe two rooms, which totals about 4 to 500

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