hutong

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See also: hútòng

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Mandarin 衚衕, 胡同(hútòng, narrow street), from Mongolian худаг(hudag) [Mongolian needed].

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hutong ‎(plural hutongs or hutong)

  1. A narrow street or alley, most commonly in Beijing, China.
    • 2007 October 16, Brice J. Bay, “Thanks, but I’ll Have the Bat on a Stick Instead”, in New York Times[1]:
      In Beijing, near the Forbidden City, a winding maze of hutongs, or narrow alleyways, is home to one of the world’s most exotic markets.
    • 2009, January 19, “Andrew Jacobs”, in Finding Treasures in a City’s Disappearing Past[2]:
      Today, just 1,300 hutong remain, and many more neighborhoods, like the colorful Qianmen district just south of Tiananmen Square, are scheduled for renewal.

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