Beijing plans to rebuild past by razing hutongs

A bicycle is parked outside a Hutong home with a demolition notice seen behind the entrance wall near the historical Drum and Bell Tower in Beijing. Photo: AP

In a corner of old Beijing, officials want to re-create a piece of China’s dynastic past by rebuilding a square near the Drum and Bell towers in 18th-century Qing dynasty fashion. 

Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 5:10pm 2 comments

American stabbed to death at Beijing tourist spot

An American was stabbed to death yesterday in Beijing by an attacker described by police as having a history of psychological illness.

Howard Thomas Mills, 62, was stabbed at around 3.20pm in the Qudeng hutong, an alleyway close to the popular tourist area of Qianmen in the Xicheng district southwest of Tiananmen Square, Beijing police said.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Square meals

The bulldozing of Beijing's traditional hutongs has led to the loss of many of its classic courtyards, places where entire extended families once lived. But plenty of these narrow alleyways remain, and a number of courtyard homes have been adapted for use as bars, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Classical lines in French accent

Amelie Peraud, 37, taught French until her unique take on baby apparel proved popular among both Chinese and foreigners. To make the transition from teacher to designer, she opened Tang'Roulou in Beijing in 2004 selling baby clothes and accessories that incorporated traditional Chinese elements. She was joined three years later by another French teacher Pierre-Yves Babin, 36.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A house that doubt built

A dilapidated courtyard house demolished in central Beijing last year was not the first to fall victim to a developer's bulldozers.

But its destruction sparked a huge public outcry because it was the former home of a man who had dedicated his life to preserving the mainland's architectural heritage.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A taste of the West with a side order of charm

Chef Jamie Bilbow may be starting small - with a lunch cart in Beijing - but he has grand ambitions.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Team works

The pairing of China's biggest fashion label with its most famous photographer seemed like a no-brainer, a match made in creative heaven.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tourists hit the road

China's travel market continues to develop at a rapid rate, with more hotels and tour operators offering novel ways to explore the mainland's natural and manmade wonders. The niche trips aim to tap the growing global trend for bespoke travel experiences at all budget levels.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am



An inaugural international clean energy symposium was held at the Grand Hyatt Beijing. Held over two days last November for more than 200 delegates, the event brought together major industry leaders, academics, regulators and government officials to discuss policy issues and strategic developments.


6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Cats'-eye views of the mainland's shortcomings

Chinese Whiskers by Pallavi Aiyar HarperCollins HK$70

Can literature about cats roaming the squalid hutongs of Beijing offer much insight to readers about the rising China? Pallavi Aiyar, an Indian journalist formerly based in Beijing, thinks so.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Close to home

Peter Wong, an American business owner, is spearheading a protest by the residents of an upmarket Beijing housing complex. 'You don't expect deception from a Hong Kong [property] company,' he said, when explaining why he and other residents of Shimao Olive Garden are angry. Really? Does anyone here expect anything else?

31 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Yun Fu

Fare A delectable mixture of Chinese styles, with special emphasis on Sichuan and Yunnan food.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Recorder of the old ways

Since retiring in 1990 as a school administrator, Zhai Hongqi has been carving out a niche for himself, studying dying social customs and traditions in Beijing.

Mr Zhai, 77, has documented a range of subjects, from old Beijing snacks to wedding customs, in text and photographs. He gives talks about his projects at bookshops and universities.

9 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

The Slaughter Pavilion

by Catherine Sampson

Macmillan, HK$255

2 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Hutong - Haughty but nice

28/F One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428 8958

16 Oct 2008 - 12:00am