An Introduction Beijing’s Hutongs
This walk is an introduction to Beijing’s hutong neighborhoods and is perfect for newcomers and visitors to Beijing looking to understand more about this important feature of the city’s landscape. It’s also an excellent precursor for some of our deeper dive hutong walks in other parts of the city.
One of Beijing’s most distinctive urban features, the hutongs have long been at the heart of the capital’s culture. This walk explores the past, present, and future of the hutongs, Beijing’s network of historic alleyways. Our exploration takes us through the hutongs of the Dongcheng District, once home to some of Beijing’s most fascinating figures. We will discuss the history of the hutongs, who lived there and why.
But this walk is more than just history. The hutongs are the living breathing fabric of Beijing. They represent Beijing’s future, as old spaces are repurposed into new commercial and residential developments. The past year has seen sweeping changes to Beijing's urban landscape. The government boarded up small shops and forced some residents out of the city center. What does this mean for the preservation of these historic neighborhoods and the people who live there? How have the pressures of urban development affected the communities who live in Beijing's historic center?
Duration: About two hours
Spaces for this walk are limited and reservations are required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with complete walk details and directions to our meeting location.