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Beijing's Hutong Homes Offer Respite From Bustling City Streets

China demolished many of the hutongs surrounding the Forbidden City to make way for more modern buildings, but some residents have rediscovered their value. 

Many of Beijing’s hutong homes have been replaced by skyscrapers, but some are still in use. 

Many of Beijing’s hutong homes have been replaced by skyscrapers, but some are still in use. 

Photographer: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images 

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Beijingers’ relationship to the hutong is a complicated one.