Jan 31, 2015 at 05:11 AM
Only few cities besides Beijing have served as the political and cultural centre of a country as gigantic as China for so long. Hutongs are synonymous with this place. In Beijing's Hutongs, life has remained almost unchanged for the last 700 years. Large sections of the hutongs were bulldozed in the 1980s to make room for multi-storey apartments. Beijing's Hutongs have more to do with spirit than structure. Earlier in the imperial age, hútòngs were occupied by court officials and noble families. Now they have become the residential areas of the common people. Most hutongs are lined by quadrangles, inward-facing, one-level family units centered on a shaded, secluded courtyard. The hutongs carries a unique lifestyle in the bustling city of Beijing. The hutongs are filled with clotheslines, bicycles, carts and all manner of daily life. There are simple workshops that repair bicycles, cigarette shops, and old-fashioned stores selling household items. People, especially the elderly enjoy living in hutongs. Life is placid, rich and real. The neighborhoods are safe and friendly. When touring the hutongs, you can find old people sitting in their courtyards chatting with their neighbors, playing Chinese chess under ancient trees, and watching their birds. They like the old houses and lifestyle of the hutongs. They like to hear the voices of the traveling peddlers in the narrow alleyways, and they like roaming the quiet hutongs in the morning and watching children playing happily on the steps in front of the houses. They are happy people who enjoy life to its fullest. During holidays and festivals, they decorate the doors and windows with paper-cuts, red couplets, and red lanterns. It has been a tradition for centuries and a part of daily lives of the people. The government has started to realize that they are part of the city's cultural heritage, and it is not smart to destroy them all and replace them with high rise apartments and shopping malls. The Beijing government has issued plans to preserve the remaining old neighborhoods. Now many of these neighborhoods are protected and are being renovated. Living conditions have been improved, and it can be assumed that the Hutongs and their lifestyles will remain a part of Beijing for generations to come. Tourists can breathe in its beauty for generations to come.
Jan 20, 2015 at 03:36 PM
Other than Beijing's big-ticket historical monuments, the Hutongs are the city's last remaining connection with the past. Inside what is left of Beijing's Hutong districts you will find narrow alleys and lanes that, with the exception of copious amounts of power lines, look much the same as they did hundreds of years ago. Hutongs are laid out according to the dictates of feng shui, with streets running north-south or east-west. Many of the best Hutongs for sightseeing are situated to the north-west of the Forbidden City, near BeiHai Lake, QianHai Lake and HouHai Lake, in the Gulou area. These Hutongs are near the Zhonglou Bell Tower, and Gulou Drum Tower, off of Guloudong Street. Perhaps the most ancient remaining Hutong in Beijing is the Zhuanta Hutong dating back to the Yuan Dynasty. The Zhuanta or "Brick Pagoda Alley" Hutong is located in the west of Beihai Lake near the Museum of Geology, on Xisi street. Famous for its local and expatriate nightlife, the Hou-Hai or "back sea" Bar Area is situated around Lake Houhai along the Yangfang Hutong, which is north-west of the Forbidden City. Along Hou-Hai's "Left-Bank," bars line the street with lanterns and colorful outdoor sofas, as well as rooftop seating with overstuffed sofas, to take advantage of the lake views and warm summer evenings. Most of the bars are concentrated around the Yinding or 'Silver Coin' bridge and narrow canal that connects Houhai Lake to Qianhai Lake. A touristy diversion is to take a rickshaw or "Pedi-Cab" ride through the Hutongs that surround the Hou-Hai area. Locals can be seen enjoying a romantic sunset boat-ride on the lake. 'Tobacco-Pipe' Street is also nearby, with its many shops selling traditional long-stemmed Chinese clay pipes. One of the common sights in the Hutongs are hanging bamboo cages, housing pet birds and crickets, an important cultural component within ancient China. The raising of crickets in China dates back nearly two thousand years, and Jing Zhe, or "the waking of the insects" was a climate forecasting tool used in ancient Chinese agriculture. Throughout the Tang and Song Dynasties, crickets were prized both for their singing ability and, later, for their propensity to fight one another. Cricket breeding and raising is a status symbol in Beijing's hutongs, and the paraphernalia involved in the hobby is quite elaborate. Gambling on cricket fights is still a popular pastime in the hutongs, and wagers can sometimes be substantial.
Dec 19, 2014 at 07:25 AM
In the same way that the Forbidden City is the symbol ofChina's royal family, the winding Hutongs in Beijing represent the way of life of the common people. They are at the root of the local people's way of life. Beijing City is like a boxy bean curd or a chess board with each hutong lying due north to due south or due east to due west. This square layout not only influences Beijinger's way of living, but also influences their thoughts and actions. The names of them are all-embracing and various and relate to their location, origin or history, such as Lumicang, Fuxue, and Gongyuan hutongs, which were named by official organizations.They live a peaceful and harmonious life in these small "boxes", away from the hustleand bustle of the streets outside. Their daily needs could be fully satisfied by hawkers who sold vegetables, eggs, fruits, and snacks. In the past, they could even get their hair cut by the itinerant barbers without walking out of their neighbourhood to find a barber shop. The winding and narrow Hutongs were heaven for children playing games. They would have played rubber-band skipping, kicking shuttlecocks, and hide-and-seek. Even in modern times, young boys get together and hold football matches in these narrow lanes. Those who live in them love their way of life so much that it is often described by the Chinese as a culture of happiness and harmony.
Jan 14, 2015 at 02:53 AM
Shichahai area is well-known with its high density of traditional Hutongs. You can move left to get wrong way traffic usually stays close, but always slow. The bike ride Beijingers not wear helmets or use lights at night. After a few bike also has reflectors. . Even in the capital, bike lanes, usually bicycles and tricycles but sometimes motor vehicle on the road bad traffic that is required to be on the lookout. Beijing bike at medium speed and the large number of bike travel safer than it would be otherwise. Shichahai area are familiar with the traditional hutongs of its high density, but renting a bike is more expensive. Charge per hour for a regular bike and bike together for CNY20 CNY10 per hour is about. If you have a compelling nature, cycling through Beijing's hutongs, or universities is a good choice for visiting the city well. You take your time to enjoy a splendid view over the road, and the local real-life experiences can. THrough operating characteristics analysis, a method for driving the development of the specific vehicle power cycle (VSP) based on the distribution of the parameters is proposed. Then apply this method to BRT expressed per driving cycle, and regular lines are developed accordingly. Finally, the driving cycle is evaluated developed.
Feb 20, 2015 at 06:32 AM
The lanes or hutongs in Beijing have their unique layout and structure. The cross interlacement of the hutongs make every household connected to the other. This really makes it easy for people living in hutongs to keep in touch with their neighbors. So when an outsider enters any of these hutongs, they could easily feel the warmth of relationships among people. And this feature is not common in the modern world and can hardly be seen in other places. And it is in these twisted lanes or hutongs where people, especially visitors can experience the life of the ancient Beijing people. Most courtyard houses in hutongs do not have private washrooms and only public bathrooms and toilets can be found in these lanes. These public washrooms were used by everyone for their convenience. Most shops in these hutongs will sell all kinds of goods to meet the daily need of local people here. You can find people gossiping in these hutongs in Beijing and they take it as a way of strengthening their relationship. These hutongs have witnessed every aspect of Beijing’s development and have many stories to tell too. Beijing has now over 1,000 Hutongs left as compared to many thousand hutongs in the earlier times. However, of the remaining hutongs, there are some distinctive ones too, which attract thousands of tourists every year. There are many popular eating joints located in and around the popular hutongs in Beijing. There are rickshaws available for tourists to take on a hutong tour in Beijing, whereby they can roam across the lanes and by-lanes here. Moreover, bicycle tour of hutong is also an interesting option if you are sure of not getting lost in the different lanes. Moreover, these hutong tours are also associated with learning new art and craft of china. Those who are actually interested in some of these tours can contact their tour guides for details. There are lessons to be learnt on cooking, or learning Chinese crafts or even local Chinese games. Overall, a hutong tour in Beijing is something that no one can miss at any cost. Be it the first time visitor or regular visitor, everyone like to get a hang of the hutongs during their tour to Bejing.
Jan 14, 2015 at 12:21 AM
With the founding of the new government in 1949, many of the old hutongs in Beijing started disappearing. Hutongs were being replaced by wide boulevards and high rises. This phase saw the decline of hutongs in Beijing. Many residents left the hutongs and moved in the new apartment buildings with modern amenities and facilities. People started appreciating new and modern style of residents that started emerging during that time. However, despite the decline of hutongs in the city many of Beijing’s ancient alleys and courtyard houses still stand proudly. In fact, a number of them have been designated as protected areas in the city. Moreover, there are many older neighborhoods, which also survive in the city even today. These places offer a glimpse of life that existed years ago in Beijing. Some of the hutongs located in the vicinity of of the Bell Tower and Drum Tower have been preserved well and they serve as popular tourist hub in the city. This area flourishes with tourists and many of them tour the quarter in pedicabs. Now some of the hutongs and siheyuns also serve as offices or celebrity homes. The Hutongs represent an important cultural element not only to the city of Beijing but to its people too. Since Beijing has a long history and it served as the capital for six dynasties, there are very interesting and important anecdotes that each hutong has to tell. There are many such tales being associated to historic events and occurrences in the past. On the one hand the popular attractions in the city like the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven represents the court life and elite culture. On the other hand the hutongs reflect the culture of grassroots or common people of Beijing. Though there has been a decline of hutongs and their number has reduced but these residential neighborhoods still form the heart of Old Beijing. That is why tourists love to explore these hutongs and experience the life of people in these alleys. There are many tours available related to the hutong, whereby you can get much closer to the Chinese culture. These tours can be enjoyed during your trip to Beijing.
Feb 13, 2015 at 05:51 PM
On the west side of the square is the first visit the Great Hall of the People. In 1958, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of New China and show our achievements in architecture, engineering and technical Chinese had spent only 10 months in its design, construction and decoration and construction in September 1959.The finished guide will take you to a bike tour around the hutongs of the city. The whole journey is about 30 kilometers. People say Beijing: Beijing has 3,600 famous hutongs and has many hutongs nameless. Hutong is the cultural characteristics of Beijing as well as the root of Old Beijing. To experience the Old Beijing, Hutong Tour is a must. The best way to visit Hutong is bike.An old rail with many funky shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. It's a nice place where you can stroll in the evening or at night. Popular with locals and tourists, do some shopping and perhaps relax in a cafe.Jingshan park was a part of the Forbidden City until early 1900 when the walls were demolished and a road cut through it the destruction of several doors and buildings between the park and the back entrance of the palace.
Dec 23, 2014 at 09:08 AM
You will be driven around the hutongs (narrow streets) in a rickshaw and will have the opportunity to interact with Chinese people. Along the road we will study the architecture, learn about the history of old Beijing, and visit local. The people are very friendly and have a real sense of community. On the way back you will be able to go shopping in typical Chinese shops before returning to your hotel at noon. Hutong is actually a narrow street or alley with long history dating back to the Yuan Dynasty. The courtyard style houses with local Beijing residents live once covered all of Beijing. Many hutongs still survive today and attracts tourists to discover the authentic old Beijing. This tour will take you to Beijing Zoo to have close contact with the lovely pandas and take pictures with them, and then will take rickshaw to feel the charm of Beijing hutongs. Rickshaw Beijing: See cart, you can have an imagination of the two wheeled carts pulled by Chinese guys running. The rickshaws seen in Beijing are actually three wheel bikes often driven by elderly, retired men.