Hutong Histories 2009 | part I

Area around Gulou Dajie subway station | July 14, 2009

Last year we talked about “hutong hypochondria“, referring to people suffering from an excessive preoccupation with the city’s history and who usually becoming obsessed with little alleyways, with stones that are strangely mixed with cardboard and wood structure. This suffering was Olympic and today the proponents have left the scene and the debate. In the mean time, Beijing’s hutongs are still disappearing at rapid pace. And one wonders, where have the memory masochists gone to?