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Other Famous Hutongs

Origin in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Hutong is a kind of old alleyway in Beijing; it reflects the history and represents the social life. Now Beijing has more than 1000 Hutongs in existence. The Hutongs running through each others vertically and horizontally forms a unique sight of old Beijing. Hutongs are best preserved in East, west side city and Qianmen areas which are the best places for tourists to explore the culture of Hutongs.

Hutongs in Qianmen Area

Hutongs in the north of Qianmen are expanse and uniform but hutongs in its south are narrow and irregular. During Qing Dynasty (1636-1911), the government restricted the immigrants to enter the city, so those immigrants centralized in Qianmen and Chongwenmen area. After a long time, the shopping centers and leisure centers are formed in the area from which the unique Hutong culture gradually started.

Jiuwan Hutong, regarded as the Hutong with most turns, is located at the Qianmen Street. The Hutong has more than 13 turns; Qianshi Hutong is the narrowest Hutong in Qianmen area, the narrowest part has only 40cm; Sanmiao Hutong, the oldest Hutong, is also sit in the area.

Hutongs in East Side City

The famous and popular Hutong - Nanluoguxiang (South Luogu Lane) is situated in east side city. It is an 800-meter long North-South alleyway with cafes, bars, and shops all designed in classical Chinese ‘hutong’ style. With a history of over 800 years, Nanluoguxiang has become a hotspot of attraction reported by Fashion magazine. With a length of 6.5km (4.04 miles), the longest Hutong of Beijing – Dongjiaomin and Xijiaomin Hutong is also located here.

Hutongs in West Side City

Shichahai area is surrounded with exquisite Hutongs like Yandaixie Street (Tobacco Pipe Lane); Ethnic shops and various bars and cafes are opened here which attract lots of tourists from in and abroad. Besides it, other Hutongs such as Lingjing Hutong, Xiaoxiangfeng Hutong, Houjing Hutong, etc are worth to visit.

A glance of Juyong Pass Great Wall A outlook of Juyong Pass
A beautiful lady is enjoying her hutong tour in a rickshaw. Various Hutongs occupied most areas of beijing city.

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