July 11, 2010

Hutong life in Beijing

Hutong is a description for small narrow streets with traditional houses in Beijing. While holidaying in Beijing, I spent my first week in a hutong guesthouse. Here are a few photos; hopefully they give a sense of what a hutong is like…

Hutong shopfront © Evelyn Howard 2010

Brooms, mops and all sorts of household items are displayed in the front of this provision shop.

Hutong foodstalls © Evelyn Howard 2010

Roadside stalls selling all sorts of food.

Hutong breakfast © Evelyn Howard 2010

We had breakfast here some mornings. They serve lovely dumplings. On one morning, I spotted this group sitting at our favourite table. Notice the old man on the right, all dressed up from head to toe in traditional Chinese costume!

Hutong dumplings © Evelyn Howard 2010

Yummy steamy dumpling for breakfast.

Beijing Hutong © Evelyn Howard 2010

My favourite corner which is just outside the guesthouse, but I’ve never seen anyone sit here…

Beijing Hutong alleyway © Evelyn Howard 2010

A narrow street in the hutong, with impressive power lines… (more on this in my previous post).

More photos in Scenic Sunday.

Have a fantastic week.

10 comments:

Vicki said...

mmmmm ... dumplings ... yum! I love the old chair outside the guest house.

cat said...

Wow fantastic sites and scenery.

diane said...

That is really getting into their way of life. You are adventurous.

diane said...

You are very adventurous.

Sarah said...

I love these pics. Gives a insight into life. Great shots thank you for sharing. What a wonderful place :)

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!

I hope to come back to China once...
You show exacetly the atmosphare I remember.
Exotic sites and scenery, love it ;:OD)

Lesley said...

You can't accuse the Chinese of hiding away from the street!

carolina mts said...

Everything looks so crammed in - so many people!

Kala said...

I love the photo of the chair with the bicycle next to it. I hope to visit Beijing again one day.

lisaschaos said...

What a great adventure! I love the corner too and would sit there. :)

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