“As numerous as the hairs on a cow”, Beijing’s hutongs

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Before they were systematically destroyed and replaced with communal blocks, Beijing’s hutong alleyways were home to the majority of the city’s population and teemed with life. Walking around the Houhai district you can still get a sense of what Beijing must have been like before the 1960s. It is a fascinating area where modernity seems, temporarily at least, to be held at bay. In this corner of Beijing, it is almost possible to feel a centuries-old rhythm to the daily life of the communities who live here.

A hutong, Beijing, China A hutong, Beijing, China

A hutong, Beijing, China A hutong, Beijing, China

A woman cycles in a hutong, Beijing, China A woman cycles in a hutong, Beijing, China

Even today the dense network of alleys and lanes constantly throw up surprises: turn a corner a group of men are animatedly playing cards, people are preparing and selling food, beautiful temples are hidden behind grey walls and there is a constant buzz of life, simultaneously familiar and alien. The grey…

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