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Traditions and Transitions: A Walk and Discussion in the Hutongs of Dongcheng, February 25, 2017


Traditions and Transitions: A Walk and Discussion in the Hutongs of Dongcheng

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: 260 RMB, 220 RMB for members

This walk explores the past, present, and future of the Beijing hutongs. One of the capital’s most distinctive features, the hutongs have long been at the core of Beijing’s urban culture. This walk takes us through the hutongs of the Dongcheng district, once home to some of Beijing’s most fascinating figures. It is also an area with a vibrant present, as old spaces are repurposed as new commercial and residential spaces. We will discuss the history of the hutongs in the imperial period, who lived there and why. We will look at the different architectural features and how these features were important markers of status in the old capital. We will also discuss how the pressures of rapid urban development are presenting challenges to the preservation of both the physical and community structures of these neighborhoods. Finally, we will discuss how new uses for old spaces has changed the hutongs for both better and worse.

Our walk begins at The Hutong venue and will end near the Drum Tower and Houhai/Shichahai Lakes District in a location with several convenient transportation options.

Spaces for this walk are limited and registration is required. Details about the walk including meeting points and payment information will be sent by email as part of your your registration confirmation.