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Simon Sohn (BISS)Hutong Architecture Tour Meet Unique Chinese Traditional Style of Architecture! People living along with tradition, Only in Hutong! 1
Siheyuan (Chinese Quadrangles) “Siheyuan” is a historicaltype of residence. It’s a type of house thathas a courtyard covered by four housesforming a square. This style ofarchitecture was very common in the past.However, it became very rare nowadays aspeople demolished the place to build newbuildings. 2
Houses Revealing Social Status As you can see in the photo above, some houses in hutong have circles on their gates. These circles on the gates imply the social status of the owner of the house. The more circles are there on the gate, the higher the social status do the owners have. It’s apparently an interesting fact that Chinese people use their houses to show their position. 3
Animal Statues If you take a walk in hutong, you will ﬁnd many animal statuessitting in front of the house entrances. Manynon-Chinese may think that those statues arejust for the decorations, but there is a differentreason why Chinese people put them in frontof their houses. Superstitious Chinese peoplebelieved that those animal-shaped statueswould protect their houses from unfortunatethings such as disease, thieves, accidents andso on. That is why the animal statues oftenlook very scary. 4