Hutongs and Towers, Beijing

Today, we explored a few of Beijing’s hutongs (alleys created by traditional courtyard residences). You can find many of these sprouting off of Emperor’s Avenue.

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We went across town, and it was around here that a steady rain set in, so we don’t have photos of the crowded northern hutongs. However, we did stop to photograph the Bell and Drum towers here.

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Up on the Bell Tower, you can see Drum Tower among the hutongs below.

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In Drum Tower, you can hear the loud drums performed regularly throughout the day. Both the Bell and Drum Towers were at one point used as timekeeping devices.

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We finished the day with pork dumplings at a restaurant near Tiananmen Square.

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2 thoughts on “Hutongs and Towers, Beijing

  1. The streets are not as colorful as Japan or South Korea. Who is your new friend Jennifer? Is that a taxi? Some bell huge. Stairway to heaven. The drums remind me of bells in a church tower. Enjoy Love ya both God bless

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