The Hutongs in Beijing are the ancient city lanes that surrounded the Imperial Palace, The Forbidden City many of these were built in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasty. Hutongs are the passages formed by the lines of courtyards. One courtyard connects with another to form a hutong and one hutong connects with another to form a neighborhood. In the rich and historical culture of Beijing, the Hutong has a very special position. The Hutong is not only a type of architecture, but also serves as a window into the lives of Beijingers and an embodiment of the history and culture of Beijing. The Hutongs are the residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of old Beijing.