Beijing 2006 - Shaded and peaceful

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, trees, tree-lined, shaded, shade, peaceful, woman, mobile, mobile phone, bike, bicycle, tricycle, transportation, car, parked

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!)

This tree-shaded hutong seems peaceful and far-removed from the hustle and bustle of Beijing. But there are still little clues this is, in fact, in the middle of the city and not a rural scene. The little charcoal sheds are in good repair, neatly plastered, and the closest one, on the left, has a fat padlock on the door. Some parked bikes, and transportation carts and tricycles. The woman in the distance, just before the lighter tree-less area, is checking her mobile phone and a little farther down the street a car is parked, seemingly out of place here.

Then there is a shallow curve in the street, and we cannot see what’s at the end of it. In fact this is quite a long street, almost straight. I was looking for the entrance to the Fayuan temple, which has a number of courtyards, one after the other, South to North. This hutong runs parallel to it – with no way to cross over from here into the temple; we’re looking almost due South here, the temple is on the right, behind the row of courtyard houses.

Given this seems all in good repair, I suspect this hutong will have survived a bit longer than those in other areas. In that sense it’s peaceful, too: no demolition going on nearby, there seems to be no threat to hutong life here.

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

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