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The Hutongs are the old parts of Beijing – the narrow, complicated alleyways and small independant shops equivelent to the souks of Morocco and the old parts of ancient cities.

Here life happens out on the street. People cook and sell excellent food, old ladies sit and gossip, washing is strung along the side of the buildings, the men play chess, cards and domineos, gorgeous children stare wide eyed at our strange pale skin and round eyes. Many of the homes don’t have their own bathroom so every so often there’s a block of public loos and we see locals in their pj’s with toothbrush in hand going between toilet and home. There are dogs, rabbits, crickets in cages, songbird twittering away and bikes, tuktuks and carts galore…