Titel: The Last Hutong - 最后的胡同
Author / Editor: 冯建国 Ping Jianguo
ISBN: 978-7-5059-6000-8, 9787505960008
Publisher: Zhongguo Wenlian Press-中国文联出版社
Language: bilingual Chinese-English
Date of Publication: 2008.08
Number of pages: 137
Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 cm
"City site of Beijing is a masterpiece with the longest history and the biggest dimensions in the world. It is a crystallization of capital city construction in all dynasties of China. Although the old city has encountered some destruction, its original layout is basically maintained. What's more, there are still a lot of hutong and quadrangles around palaces and temples."
(Architect: LEOH MING PEI)
"Cultural relic and culture are two concepts different from each other. Cultural relic refers to the essence of historical constructions, such as royal houses, religious buildings; Culture refers to the historical blocks, such as quadrangles and hutong in Beijing... Culture is the root of human beings. People who live in a city that lost its cultures will have no roots."
(Writer: FENG JI CAI)
Thank"The Last Hutong"which recorded stories of several hundred years. It completes and keeps the memories of hutong, freezes the view of the ancient capital's back though gloomy and somber.
(Literary critic: WANG ZHAO QIAN)