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Pedicab Tour of Hutong District
The hutongs are residential neighborhoods that still form the heart of Old Beijing. Hutongs are narrow alleys that formed as residents built traditional four-sided, walled compounds to house multigenerational families. In the years since the founding of the People's Republic of China, a great number of old hutongs have been demolished and replaced by modern high rises and wide boulevards.
Some of Beijing's ancient hutongs still stand, however, and a number of them have been designated protected areas. The hutongs in the vicinity of the Bell Tower and Shichahai Lake are especially well preserved. Tour the quarter in a pedicab, and get a glimpse of what life was like for many generations of Chinese in Old Beijing.
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