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Stay at a traditional hutong in Beijing.
It is said that the real culture of the Beijing is similar to that of hutong and it is also true that most of the tourist get attracted at this place. Hutong is the word which means water well. It is the name given to the lane which is originated from the dynasty of Yuan. At present they are the representative of the local culture and it becomes easy to learn the culture and history. There is great importance given to water and every community in the city is designed around which you can get the well. In earlier times there were also the courtyards and the lanes were stretched in 4 directions which connected the courtyards in city.
In earlier times there were around 29 hutong which increased and with the passage of years, they were fallen and the reconstruction process followed the city. They slowly got decreased and at present only 1000 have left. The lanes in the city have a different and unique structure and it has the combination of courtyards and air and there are lots the gardens, chessboard of the ancient times. The structure of houses was in such a way that it was easy for the neighbors to stay in touch with each other. You can feel the air of warm relation in the lanes.
There are also some twisted lanes in Beijing. There are bathrooms and public toilets available and there are also shops which sell the goods that are necessary for local people. It is just like the community and gossiping is the best time pass for them. The different lanes are named differently and in unique structure. Till the Qing dynasty the names were not written down and the naming method is classified in 5 ways. Some of them have symbol construction.
5 Famous Hutong
You can enjoy the 5 famous hutong. Only 1000 are remaining and out of them 5 have the interesting features and are distinctive which has become the attraction point for the tourist. The tourist from the local place and abroad are attracted to the famous hutong. There are style buildings, and some of them are the traditional and time workshops. The famous hutong are south Gong and drum lane, colored glazed street, bada hutong, etc. Apart from the 5 hutong there are also the less famous hutong which are famous.
- South Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluogu Xiang)
- Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yandai Xiejie)
- Mao’er Hutong
- Guozijian Street
- Colored Glazed Factory Street (Liulichang Culture Street)