These are the old residential districts of Beijing. Sadly(?) many, if not most, have now gone but the remaining ones seem to be protected from the developers. They are basically just streets but are charming and there is a sense of community in them.
Well worth a gentle stroll. You won't see anything jaw-droppingly beautiful or spectacular.... They're just nice and peaceful, which is rare commodity in Beijing.
We were there around National day,: hence the flags. All of these were taken around our hotel rather than in the 'Heritage hutongs' more of which later. Perhaps I am being delusional but it felt like a glimpse into a very different Beijing to the one you see on the news or the one of the tourist sites, nor do I want to Disney
Then, off the main streets are doors that lead down alleyways to people's homes.
Lots of the roofs had these grasses growing out of them.
Finally, many of the entrances to the homes have lovely painted wooden porches, showing traditional Chinese scenes.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.