A walk through a traditional Chinese hutong
I would describe hutongs as ‘quaint’. Cooling in summer but freezing in winter. And people dont have showers or toilets in their respective courtyards so there is also a public toilet (often not a high point during a trip to the hutong).
One of the best ‘preserved’ hutong that has succumbed to tourism is Nanluoguxiang, north of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Needless to say that not every hutong looks like these photos. Check out my video below of a more typical hutong atmosphere.
- Chinese New Year in Beijing – http://elainepratley.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/chinese-new-year-in-beijing/
- Chair Skating on Houhai lake - http://elainepratley.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/chair-skating-on-houhai-lake-beijing/
- Beijing hutong on ice (worldisourlobster.wordpress.com)