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Bicycle rickshaws bring tourist through some of Beijing's oldest neighborhoods called hutongs. Many of the narrow residential alleyways have been demolished in the name of modernization, but in isolated pockets around the city, the sounds and smells of old Beijing are alive with authenticity. These charming alleyways provide travelers a fleeting glimpse at a simple and ancient way of life. Beijing's hutongs are a disappearing cultural treasure and a remnant of the city's 14th-century design. .