Fountain at the Old Summer Palace by L. Martel

Thanks Leslie a real great post and my l wish you Bon voyage and have a great trip .. Sorry did not get bs k the other day WP was updating and list comment but will take a look and reply now they have as they say got rid of the bugs … Ian 😀


With only passports, carryon and a return ticket to Beijing we set off without plans for a month in China. The first night’s stay was to be in a hutong in Beijing. Hutongs are the narrow alleyways that crisscross east-west across the city and are full of humble abodes where many still live. These passageways were originally  built in the Mongol Yuan dynasty, after Genghis Kan’s army reduced the city to rubble. During the Qing dynasty there were some 2000 hutongs and by the 1950’s there were over 6000.                              There is a real sense of community in these places. The alleyways are too narrow for cars so people must walk to their destination. In the evening many sit out on stools to visit with their neighbours. Sadly, these places are disappearing as these hutongs are being…

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