The narrowest lane of the world: Qianshi Hutong Beijing

28/07/2010
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People say that the real culture of Beijing is ‘the culture of hutong’ and ‘the culture of courtyard’. How true that is!

Qianshi Hutong is the narrowest hutong preserved in Beijing, with the narrowest point at 40 centimeters (16 inches), so when two people meet, they must turn sideways to pass each other.

Located around Dashilan commercial road, just to the west of the disastrous “historical” refurbishment that is Qianmen main road, lies Qianshi Hutong, a quiet, shabby lane ignored by the traffic around it. It wasn’t always like this.

Qianshi used to be the financial center of monetary exchange, and also home to 26 mints producing coin for almost every bank in the city.

Beijing Qianshi Hutong

Beijing Qianshi Hutong

Beijing Qianshi Hutong

Beijing Qianshi Hutong

Beijing Qianshi Hutong

Beijing Qianshi Hutong

Beijing Qianshi Hutong

Beijing Qianshi Hutong