In the past year I shared with you eight (check out Beijing category) different Hu Tong Red doors from Beijing neighborhoods. While this photo is not of the Hu Tong Red door, it was taken on one of the same walks and it is right next to the older Hu Tongs, and it has plenty of red in it.
Well, it is time to get one more of them out. I think this is the last one I have in my archives. This one was taken in a different Hu Tong than most of the other doors. It was somewhere near the Black Lake, somewhat northwest of the Forbidden city. We drove bikes around the town and went through this Hu Tong, I had to get on my breaks and snap this one out.
Time for another Red Door. Check out previous doors under the Beijing category, there on the right. This one was actually open and we have a glimpse into the long hall that leads probably to multiple dwellings or maybe it is all part of one compound. The sign at the top probably can tell what this place is all about. Katia, would you translate it for me please?
It is time for another one of these pretty doors. As most of them it is very abused and used. Weeds are doing just fine on that roof as well, I wonder how old it is. I don’t think anyone lives there, it looks more like some type of local government or maybe some type of utility company office. I would translate those signs but don’t have dictionary handy at the moment.
Anyhow, this is #6 in this short series of Red Doors, if you want to see details and translate some of that Chinese you can just click on the image to open it my art gallery at much higher resolution. You can also see other Red Doors if you look under Beijing category on the right.
It is time for another one of these pretty doors. I have a few left. You know, if I visited Beijing fairly often, or lived there, I could even start a serious project to document every Hu Tong Red Door in Beijing. There are must be hundreds of them there. I took less than a dozen just on one street while walking from our hotel towards downtown. We didn’t take big streets, instead went though the hood, so much to see. All of these doors will soon disappear as government expand new developments in the city and take over the land.
Anyhow, this is #5 in this short series of Red Doors. You can see other if you look under Beijing category on the right.