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Beijing's Hidden Hutongs


Having seen Lenin in Moscow, we wanted to complete the set of embalmed Communist revolutionary leaders, and see Chairman Mao in his mausoleum in Tiananmen Square. Unfortunately, despite getting to the square during the advertised opening hours, they weren't letting anyone in.

So we proceeded to the next part of our plan for our last day in Beijing - to discover some of the city's hutongs, the narrow streets running behind the main thoroughfares that give a clue as to how the old city looked.



In places the electrical cabling looked a little dodgy.


Some areas were very busy with tourists, particularly the hutongs around Nanluoguxiang.


We catch the sleeper train to Shanghai tonight.

Posted by shoestring 01:41 Archived in China Tagged street china road beijing hutong

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That wiring is shocking! :)

by Tim

Perhaps Mao had popped out for a Chinese......

by Popsy

Excellent! Maybe he did have some cravings after all that time stuck in there being stared at. The wiring, geese! How on earth does that work or maybe it doesn't, it's a big mess whatever, wouldn't want that job to sort it out that's for sure!

by nessie noodles

We saw Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi - were they as strict as the Vietnamese? They wanted people to book in advance, then we had to queue up in pairs and walk along the road, past guards who told u off if you spoke or smiled and then made us march quickly past the body so as not to slow up the queue!
Have fun xx

by frances ray

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