Hutong House Visit - Beijing

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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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