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1st to 8th Lanes in Xisi Area

 

From Xisi Bei Toutiao to Bei Batiao, there are eight parallel hutong that run from east to west. They start from Xisi Beidajie on the east, stop at the Zhaodengyu Road on the west and border Fuchengmennei Dajie on the south. It covers a total area of 32.19ha.

In recorded history this area was described as the senior residential area for the dignitaries and the rich, the reason is probably because of its location close to the Imperial City on the west side, which is convenient for building princes’ mansions and officials’ residences. Bei Ertiao (North Street 2) was called Shuaifu (General’s Residence) Hutong during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the Ming Dynasty, Bei Sitiao (North Street 4) was once named Shupi (Tanned Skin) Hutong for the tanning yards that once existed there; North Wutiao (North Street 5) was named Shi Laoniang Hutong after a mid-wife who lived here whose surname was Shi; Bei Liutiao (North Street 6) was called Yanshan Qianwei Hutong after the imperial guards that stationed here; Bei Qitiao (North Street 7) was named Taining Hou Hutong after the noblemen who settled here; Bei Batiao (North Street 8) was called Wu’an Hou Hutong after the noblemen who lived here.

This historic area is used mainly as the residential area and the land for education now, while for business along Xisi Beidajie and Zhaodengyu Road. The hutong in this area are well preserved and largely retain their Ming and Qing styles, playing an important role in representing the features of the ancient capital.

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