Saturday, 16 July 2011

Beijing, China

I love postcards showing everyday life in different countries, which is why I like this card so much. That, and the people here look so happy, it makes me smile as well. :)

The picture here is from a 'hutong' in Beijing, China. Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.

Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history.

The stamp is a New Year's stamp from 2009.

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