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See here one of the most beautiful houses in hutongs area in Beijing.

Beijing hutongs, lanes or alleys formed by lines of siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard) where old Beijing residents live, witness the vicissitude of the city.

The word "hutong" originates from the word "hottog" which means "well" in Mongolian. Villagers dig out a well and inhabited there. Hutong means a lane or alley, in fact the passage formed by lines of siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard) where old Beijing residents live. Be care not to lost in it! It was recorded that in the Yuan a 36-meter-wide road was called a standard street, a 18-meter-wide one was a small street and a 9-meter-wide lane was named a hutong. In fact, Beijing hutongs are inequable ranging from 40 centimeter to 10 meter in wide. The longest has more than 20 turns. Either in east-west or north-south, Beijing hutongs varied as slant, half or " blind hutongs" cul-de-sacs. The gray-tiled houses and deep alleys crossing with each other in identical appearance like a maze, you will find it much fun to walk through but be care not to lose yourself.

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  • Copyright: Ricardo Centellas (riceal) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 1 N: 46] (315)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-10-02
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/2.9, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-12-03 14:20
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