The Hutongs are a wonderful glimpse into the world
of yesterday in Beijing. While visit the Hutongs, you can feel the
dramatic changes of Beijing and you can evident the History of Beijing
experence its life style and traditional culture.
The name of a hutong implicates its
origin, location or history. It is in the gray-tiled
deep lanes that families play, travel, buy goods, gossip
and connect. In Beijingers' eyes, hutongs means a period
of history, a cordial lifestyle and even an "encyclopedia
When a certain name was given and prevailed among people,
it exactly became the necessary symbol for intercourses
and communication. From the names of hutongs one can
discover how Beijingers, in the course of centuries,
advanced from vulgarity to refinement. In numerous hutongs
are scattered the residences of famous personages, and
these places are repositories. Laoshe, a well-known
playwright is just one of them. Laoshe was born in a
small lane, in the west part of the city. The memory
of his childhood was so dear and impressive that after
he'd been away from Beijing for more than 20 years,
he still clearly remembered his birthplace, and he made
it the backdrop of his novel "the Four Generations
Under One Roof". Many famous operas and dramas
are based on the themes of the " hutong life".
A visit to hutongs plus a drama by the Beijing People's
ArtTheatre, such as " Teahouse" or "
SmallHutong" in the evening will help you appreciate
the fundamental part of Beijing's life. When urban construction
threatens the existence of these hutongs, some Beijingers
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"