Hutongs 3 – Dashing through the streets

The Hutongs we visited were northeast of the Forbidden City but I don’t know the exact location.  Just outside the residential area was a lovely watercourse, I believe it was a canal between two lakes.

It was still a cool damp day, so we didn't see any of these boats in use.

It was still a cool damp day, so we didn’t see any of these boats in use.

The waterfront was very commercial and tourist oriented.  But most of the people we saw were Chinese, not western.

The waterfront was very commercial and tourist oriented. But most of the people we saw were Chinese, not western.

The water quality was suspect….

The water quality was suspect….

A driver pushing his rickshaw over an arched bridge between the two bodies of water above.

A driver pushing his rickshaw over an arched bridge between the two bodies of water above.

At the end of our visit to the Hutongs, our entire busload rode, two by two, in rickshaws, along the canal, and to a rickshaw “taxi stand.” While the driver pictured below looks happy at the start of the route, it was hard work and I felt somewhat guilty for participating. On the other hand, it is an income for the men, who were paid by our tour guide and tipped by us.

A happy man!

A happy man!

Next post: a Beijing food market.

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