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Hutong (hútong 胡同)
Narrow throughways, often alleys, most prominently present in Beijing, China
Mongolian word (originally hottog) meaning water well
Residents often lived near an area in the proximity of a spring or a well
The exhibition runs until October 21, 2012. "The Beijing Hutong and Siheyuan Exhibition is being held for the first time as a collaborative effort between Beijing municipal's culture and museum departments and the Capital Museum's archive department."
Siheyuan houses formed a hutong
Siheyuan layout - a neighborhood of these "courtyard houses" formed a hutong. The dwellings were built to align with the five elements that the Chinese believed composed the universe. The entrance gate (red doors) faced southeast, the "wind" corner.