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Beijing's Hutongs

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Beijing's Hutongs
Beijing's Hutongs

Beijing’s hutongs are narrow alleyways that connect to form mazelike neighborhoods. When the hutongs were originally built, they were lined with stone houses with central courtyards. In 1949, there were more than 3,000 hutongs, but many were razed to make way for high-rises, and now there are fewer than 1,000 left. Fortunately, shops, restaurants, cafés and bars have filled some of the hutongs, saving them from the wrecking ball.

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