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Z G08: I&S Urban Design: Hutongs



For international residents, there’s something romantic about living in the hutongs. It’s about getting that real China experience and about living somewhere that is so completely different from their countries of origin. In this video, we venture into Beijing’s historic hutongs and get an insight into the lives of the foreigners who have made these traditional old alleys their home.

In the historic heart of Beijing many of its traditional hutong neighborhoods are being torn down in order to create a more tourist friendly environment. The residents however are losing their homes and businesses.

Exploring the destruction of peasant homes and businesses in Beijing, China. Shot 10-6-2017

Conditions of Beijing Hutong, the old residential area around city center. English subtitled



Hutong exploration


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