From Xisi Bei Toutiao to Batiao
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. 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. The hutong in this area are well preserved and largely retain their Ming and Qing styles.
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