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In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of
traditional courtyard residences.
Many neighborhoods were formed by joining one residence
to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to
another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighborhoods.
Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing
hutongs has dropped dramatically 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 history.
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