China’s Disappearing Hutongs

Beijing Hutong Life

Carrying an irrelevant and oversized stick, and probably drunk.

I never truly warmed to Beijing. The only exception was when I took myself away from the imposing communist buildings, wide avenues, shiny hotels and the up and coming middle classes. The true Beijing is hidden behind the new developments, and is fast disappearing. Here is a collection of my snaps of the people of the Hutongs, the traditional alleyways and courtyard residences, which may not be around for much longer as the already breakneck pace of China’s development gathers speed.

 

Big Shpielers!
Big Shpielers!
Big Schnouters!

Big Schnouters!

Big fressers!

Big Fressers!

Big Grafters!

Big Grafters!

Big Schleppers!

Big Schleppers!

Big Schmie'ers! (you try spell that!)

Big Schmie'ers! (you try spell that!)

Rustling up my lunch

Rustling up my lunch!

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