China Group Update

Whirlwind of activity in Beijing: Great Wall, Peking Opera, Temple of Heaven, Hutong, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Peking Duck dinner and last but not least, shopping!

Hutongs are traditional Beijing residential neighborhoods which were constructed in early Imperial times. There are dozens and dozens of theses small areas in Beijing. At one time there were 700 of them.  They have been bulldozed over the last hundred or so years to make way for new construction. It has been estimated that over 200 hutongs were destroyed to make room for the 2008 Olympics. Many hutongs are now tourist traps. Here’s the entrance to a hutong that I visited last summer. This one is a true neighborhood still and has not been taken over by the tourist industry. Yet…



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