Hutongs

Some articles on hutongs, hutong:

Decline of Hutongs
... Following the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, many of the old hutongs of Beijing disappeared, replaced by wide boulevards and high rises ... In Xicheng District, for example, nearly 200 hutongs out of the 820 it held in 1949 have disappeared ... However, many of Beijing’s ancient hutongs still stand, and a number of them have been designated protected areas ...
Peking - Culture - Architecture
... These courtyards are usually connected by alleys called hutongs ... The hutongs are generally straight and run east to west so that doorways face north and south for good Feng Shui ... Once ubiquitous in Beijing, siheyuans and hutongs are rapidly disappearing, as entire city blocks of hutongs are replaced by high-rise buildings ...
Hutong
... Hutongs (simplified Chinese 胡同 traditional Chinese 衚衕 pinyin hútòng) are a type of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China ... In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences ... Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another ...