Hutong near Drum Tower
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Pre-Olympics, Beijing was spotted with hutongs - old style neighborhoods that typically housed migrant workers or just some very old residents. Hutongs maintain the integrity of ancient architecture and feng shui practices. The narrow alleys, short arches (watch your head if you're taller than 5'5") and a true feeling of community with common kitchen and bathroom spaces. This particular one was around the corner from the Drum & Bell towers in the center of the city. Duck in and take a walk through history. Perhaps a friendly resident will invite you in for some tea and snacks. Let the sunflower seed scraps fall on the floor, and point the spout of the teapot away from anyone's face.
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