|The word hutong came from the Mongolian language about 700 years ago. The original Mongolian word was hottog, meaning "water well". In other words, it means a place where people live, because people always gather where there is water. Today in Beijing, the word hutong means a small alleyway or lane. They are typical of the old part of Beijing and are formed by lines of siheyuan (a compound made up of rooms around a courtyard) in which most Beijing residents used to live. In the decades since the founding of new china, many of the old hutongs have disappeared, replaced by the high rises of today's Beijing. However many of Beijing's ancient hutongs still stand, and a number of them have been designated protected areas. The old neighborhoods survive today, offering a glimpse of life in the capital city as it has been for generations. With the development of tourism industry, roaming through Beijing's old, narrow streets, Hutong, by rickshaw have attracted more and more tourists from home and abroad. Below are some Hutong Tours listed, if you can not find what you prefer, please contact Beijing Travel Service to get a tailor-made Beijing Hutong Tour for you.