The name of a hutong implicates its origin, location or history. It is in the gray-tiled deep lanes that families play, travel, buy goods, gossip and connect. In Beijingers' eyes, hutongs means a period of history, a cordial lifestyle and even an " encyclopedia of Beijing". When a certain name was given and prevailed among people, it exactly became the necessary symbol for intercourses and communication. From the names of hutongs one can discover how Beijingers, in the course of centuries, advanced from vulgarity to refinement. In numerous hutongs are scattered the residences of famous personages, and these places are repositories. Laoshe, a well-known playwright is just one of them. Laoshe was born in a small lane, in the west part of the city. The memory of his childhood was so dear and impressive that after he'd been away from Beijing for more than 20 years, he still clearly remembered his birthplace, and he made it the backdrop of his novel "the Four Generations Under One Roof". Many famous operas and dramas are based on the themes of the " hutong life". A visit to hutongs plus a drama by the Beijing People's Art Theatre, such as " Teahouse" or " Small Hutong" in the evening will help you appreciate the fundamental part of Beijing's life. When urban construction threatens the existence of these hutongs, some Beijingers become worried.
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Featured Chinese courtyard Hotels In Beijing China: the following Beijing courtyard hotels are the Chinese Traditional courtyard style hotels, they are all in the Beijing City center, Lonely Planet featured hotels in Beijing. Top 10 famous hutongs in Beijing Beijing Subway Lines Map
|Hotels in Beijing||Hotels in Beijing||Standard||Rates||hotel Location|
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|3 Star||$84-$200||Famous Chinese Style hotel in the city center. free internet access in the rooms, free bicycle service, classical Chinese garden is ensconced in a traditional Beijing-style courtyard. Just near to Wangfujing Area Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City. you can take the No 5 subway go to the Birds Nest and Olympics Center, etc.|
|Scholar Tree Hotel Beijing||3 Star||$100-$180||Famous Chinese Style hotel with Chinese Cultural Hotel, Just near to Wangfujing Area, Forbidden City, Beihai park and Jingshan Park, you can take the No 6 subway.well known for its quiet and attractive environment, internet access in the rooms free.|
|JYYZ Garden Hotel Beijing||3 Star||$85-$180||Chinese Style hotel with best location. classical Chinese garden is ensconced in a traditional Beijing-style courtyard. In Wangfujing street, very near Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City. you can take the No5 subway go to the Birds Nest and Olympics Center, etc.|
|Bamboo Garden Hotel Beijing||3 Star||$90-$210||Chinese-courtyard style hotel, well known for its quiet and attractive environment, near Beihai park and Jingshan Park, Bamboo Garden Hotel (Zhuyuan Guest house) is a classical Chinese garden structure. Lonely Planet featured hotel. internet access in the rooms free.|
|Beijing Qomolangma Hotel||3 Star||$75-$135||Famous Chinese Style hotel with Chinese Cultural Hotel, well known for its quiet and attractive environment, near Beihai park and Jingshan Park,internet access in the rooms free.|
|Beijing Lusongyuan Hotel||3 Star||$48-$200||Chinese courtyard style, traditional hotel classical Chinese garden is ensconced in a traditional Beijing style courtyard. City center|
|Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel||3 Star||$77-$180||Chinese courtyard style, traditional hotel classical Chinese garden is ensconced in a traditional Beijing style courtyard. City center, near wangfujing and forbidden city, tiananmen square. you can take the No 5 subway go to the Birds Nest and Olympics Center, etc.|
|Beijing Soluxe Courtyard Hotel||4 Star||$85-$180||Beijing Soluxe Courtyard Hotel is an international hotel managed by Soluxe Hotel Management Group. Among those in the theme of Chinese traditional Siheyuan, BSCH is distinguished by its largest area and longest history.|
The Dwelling compounds or quadrangles (Siheyuan) - the enclosed, one-story courtyard houses that make up old Beijing, feature a typical Chinese folk residential architecture.A standard siheyuan usually falls into a rectangular compound with one-story houses squarely facing the cardinal points and a courtyard in middle.A pair of stone lions usually stand in front of the vermilion studded door with a painted lintel on the top. The decorative patterns are flowers and birds. Stepping over a high wooden threshold, you will find a stone screen standing ahead. It is built to avoid direct inspection from outside and also believed to dispel evil spirits. Next comes the outer courtyard, flanked by rooms to the east and west. These serve as kitchens and servants' living quarters. On the northern end of the outer courtyard is the "Main House" which faces southward to get maxium daylight in 3-5 rooms. The up-turned eaves provide a pleasant shade in summer. One room located in the middle of the house is for living or community purposes with a smaller bedroom or studies beside it. Two passages on either side of the Main House, give entry to the inner yard. Rooms on each side were for married children and their families. Greenery planted in the courtyard makes an inner garden.Some large compounds have two or more courtyards, inhabited by an extended family with several generations. "Four Generations under One Roof", a novel by the contemporary writer Lao She, depicts Beijingers in the 1930s and 1940s living in siheyuan. Beijing still has about 400,000 residential quadrangles now, mainly distributed over the East, West, Xuanwu and Chongwen districts. The municipal government has earmarked a number of dwelling compounds for protection.