Photos Show the Dramatic Evolution of Beijing's Hutongs from 1989-2013

By Justine Lopez, July 10, 2017

1 0

There's no questioning how much we love Beijing's hutongs. They really are the heart and soul of this city. They offer a unique glimpse into what life in China once looked like, which is part of what makes the capital's remaining hutongs so special.

By now we're all aware of the controversial brickings that have once again swept over Beijing. It's clear that things in China's capital can change incredibly quickly.

A recent photo exhibition held at the Museum of Visual Arts in Beijing featured over 100 photos depicting just how much the city's hutongs have changed over the past few decades. The photos were taken by nine local photographers from the late 1980s to 2013. The exhibition was titled Jiebi 2017: Exhibition of Beijing Hutong Photography, which translates to "the other side of my home's wall."

Here are a few of the photos that were on display: 

Liuxiang hutong in 1989 (Photo by Xu Yong)


Xishiku in 1990 (Photo by Wang Jian)


An typical afternoon in 1994 (Photo by Shen Yantai)


White Pagoda, or Baita temple, in 1994 (Photo by Wang Changqing)


Cooling off in Peizhi hutong in 1996 (Photo by Jia Yong)


Hubei assembly hall in 2006 (Photo by Zhang Haipei)


Drum Tower in 2007 (Photo by Bai Hao)


Xinghua hutong in 2007 (Photo by Liu Zheng)

A hutong shop in 2013 (Photo by You Jia)

[Images via China Daily]

more news

72 Positive COVID-19 Cases in Beijing Olympic Pre-Games Period

Thirty-three cases were reported from 336,421 tests carried out within the 'closed-loop' established for the Games.

Beijing Issues New Rule for Buying Medicine During Latest COVID-19 Outbreak

The rules apply to specific types of medicine which treat certain symptoms of COVID-19.

‘Can I Leave Beijing?’ and other COVID-19 News from the Capital

Beijing recently declared two new mid-risk areas in Fengtai and Fangshan districts.

WATCH: Breathtaking Snow-Covered Great Wall in Beijing

The evening of January 19 saw Beijing’s first snowfall of 2022.

China Issues COVID-19 Parcel Warning After Beijing Omicron Case

Case believed to have come from an international parcel from Canada.

New Rule For Entering Beijing as Omicron Variant Hits Capital

Those entering the capital need to undergo an extra nucleic acid test after arrival.

‘Work From Home During Winter Olympics’ – Beijing Authorities

Beijing residents are advised to apply "flexible" office hours and take public transport when possible during the Games.

Beijing’s Winter Olympics Warning as COVID-19 Wave Hits China

The warning comes as a number of outbreaks of COVID-19 occur across China.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsBeijing for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Beijing With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Beijing!

Visit the archives