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The old densely packed low-rise residential areas of Beijing -- this one just south of Yonghegong in the north-east of the city centre. These areas are ~.5km by .5km square labyrinths of singe-lane streets and mainly single-story buildings of various ages and construction, with little alleys and courtyards, and occasional tall temples or blocks of flats. Separating these .5km squares are the great north-south and east-went boulevards, themselves increasingly lined with tall apartment blocks, hotels, and glass office towers, slowly creeping deeper in amongst the hutongs. China is experiencing a backlash against the clearing of hutongs for development of things like offices, ever wider highways, and the 2008 Olympics, in part because the residents were thrown out of their ancestral homes with minimal compensation and help relocating.