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    Posted November 10, 2012 by
    Melbourne, Australia
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    A visit to Hutongs


    During my travel in China, I had an opportunity to visit Beijing’s historical residential areas “Hutongs”.


    Traveling in a rickshaw, we enjoyed the looks of the area but also could visit one of the residences and get “hand-on” information about the living in Hutongs.


    A typical Hutong house has a gate and above the gate there are beams which show the social rank of the residence. The beams vary from one to four. Four is the highest rank.


    The house we visited was Mr. Liu’s, a Kanfu master whose family has lived there for five generations. His house had two beams. It was a two-story house and small inside.
    In Hutongs, people have to share public bathrooms but Mr. Liu said he could build a small bathroom on his premises.


    According to the information from our tour guide, despite the congestion and poor infrastructure, Hutongs are popular to young people and celebrities because they are close to CBD.


    Even before traveling to China, I had wanted to visit this area but almost given up because I was on a group tour. However, the travel agent arranged the visit for us and I am grateful for their arrangement.

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