A walk through a traditional Chinese hutong

This is a walk through one of the few preserved hutongs on China. Hutongs are small alleyways but are also taken to refer to the traditional architecture of old China.












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.












3 Responses to “A walk through a traditional Chinese hutong”
  1. These pictures are fab – and very reminiscent of photos I have in Korea eating Ddak-gutchi on a stick – in the cold. And the street scenes – also sooo similar. I miss those days. Are you guys having fun? Wonderful! Cheers Aaron

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