As the Year of the Rooster is coming, topics of rooster are becoming popular. In Beijing, hutongs named after a rooster is not rarely seen. The locals deem that living in such hutongs is auspicious.
There was a Jishikou (鸡市口) Hutong out of the Chaoyangmen Gate in the Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), a place where chickens and ducks were put on sale. It was renamed homophonically as Jishikou（吉市口） for auspicious reason in the reign of the Republic of China, and it is still in use today.
A market selling chickens and ducks was ever sit to the north side of the Xi’anmen Dajie, the hutong where the market was was called Jiyashi Hutong（鸡鸭市胡同）. Its name was then refined as Jiyashi Hutong (集雅士胡同) in the early days of the Republic of China, referring it was a place where intelligent people gathered. Today the hutong is called Xi’anmen Beixiang.
Jizhao hutong was named by Duan Qirui when he held the power of the country in 1924. It was said, Duan was not happy with the name of the hutong when he lived in it. The format of the 229-meter-long and eight-meter-wide hutong is like a chicken foot with three cross roads linked and was previously called Jizhua hutong, which means a hutong in the shape of a chicken foot. The name of Jizhao is still in use, which means good luck.
Huoji hutong is now called Guangxing hutong. The hutong of huoji or turkey got its name for it was a water area where turkey alike birds had inhabited in. In the Qing Dynasty, the waters shrank into a pond and the area finally turned into dwellings. Birds were gone but the name was left. In late Qing Dynasty, Guangxing Theatre was built to the other side of pond, making the place one of the most bustling places in Beijing. As time flies, the theater went close but people began to call here Guangxing Hutong.
Jiming Hutong and Ji’efang Hutong
The Jiming Hutong and Ji’efang Hutong can be found in Nanyuan subdistrct. They are suspected of the relics of the temporary imperial palace at Nanhaizi.