Beijing Hutong 北京胡同

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In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.Hutong represents an important culture element of Beijing city. T In contrast to the court life and elite culture represented by the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven, the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots Beijingers. The hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing.

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