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  • n. A narrow street or alley, most commonly in Beijing, China.


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Mandarin 胡同 ("narrow street"), from Mongolian.


  • Some people believe that "hutong" sounds like a Mongolian word, but there are arguments over that.

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  • Beijing's historical old city – hutong is beautiful.

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  • For older people, the hutong is their home: it's where their friends are, it's where they get their daily necessities, it's where they play chess, it's where they chat with their old buddies.

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  • There, I believe the phenomenon is linked to the fact that a hutong is a tightly knitted community where everyone knows everyone else.

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  • Dotted around the hutong are the Drum and Bell Towers, Tea House, and local people's houses.


  • David Gray/Reuters A woman removed concrete from bricks amid the rubble of a demolished dwelling in a "hutong", or small alley, in Beijing on Thursday.

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  • For centuries, the golden roof and red walls of the emperor's palace and the narrow gray "hutong" alleyways between courtyard homes defined Beijing.

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  • While you may feel like a bit of a touristy dork, it's the easiest way with kids to get into Beijing's old twisty "hutong" alleyways, which are must-sees.


  • No talk about public space in this article, evolution we have censored ourselves and degraded our but the word 'hutong' is mentioned 5 and Mao 2 times. capacity for critical thinking.

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  • His former residence in Beijing is also preserved in a "hutong" (alley).

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