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Beijing 2006 - Just an ordinary hutong street

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma

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hutong, beijing, china, street, shade, trees, potted plants, plants, courtyard, bike, bicycle, shed, charcoal, fence

Part of the Beijing 2006 – The hutong series; see my same-named journal post for a bit of background.

See the location on a satellite map (Google’s street map doesn’t register with the satellite view!)

Just a typical hutong street: No front doors, but entrances to (small) courtyards, a little shade here and there from mature trees, potted plants, a bike … and the little sheds on the street. On the right no houses, but just a fence; behind it part of the gardens of a small Buddhist temple.

It took me several visits to Beijing before I had discovered what the little sheds were for – obviously too small to park a bike, but always with a door, usually padlocked: they must be used to store something. Then, one day, I passed one where the door stood open – inside I saw stacks of charcoal cakes, as they are often used in small stoves to cook on. I cannot be sure, but suspect the doors on the outside are used to deliver the charcoal, and that there will be a door on the inside (probably in or near a kitchen) from where the charcoal cakes can be taken for cooking. But since I’ve never been inside a house like this, I can only guess…

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30


Just an ordinary hutong street
Part of my “The pleasant accidents of imperfection” collection on deviantArt

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