A home-based elderly care service center is seen at Fangjia hutong, Dongcheng district, Beijing, on February 23, 2018. [Photo by Wan Xiaojun/tuku.qianlong.com]
Fangjia hutong restores its clean and quiet in the old days after a campaign of curbing the illegal behavior of “tearing down exterior walls of apartments”, Beijing Youth Daily reported on February 24, 2018.
Andingmen subdistrict said they are working to build Fangjia hutong into a model block that embodies the revival in older neighborhoods of the city.
Fangjia hutong is located within the Yonghegong Lama Temple-The Imperial College (Guozijian) historical culture essence zone. Founded in the Yuan Dynasty(1271-1368), it is home to historical relics including Baiyi Temple, Prince Xunjun Mansion and the Jingshi Number One Library.
The quiet of the over 100-year-old Fangjia hutong was broken as some residents illegally tore down exterior walls of apartments for business.
To resolve the problems, Andingmen subdistrict dismantled ten illegal constructions, curbed 135 cases of tearing down exterior walls of apartments and other illegal business activities in 2017.
In addition, Andingmen subdistrict has been promoting the overall improvement of the hutong since 2017 via cooperating with professional design intuitions.
“I has lived in this hutong almost all my life and witness how it was improved. The former bar at No.51 of Fangjia hutong was too noisy and it is transformed into a home-based elderly care service center, which gives us great convenience,” said Guo Shulan, a resident at No.65 of Fangjia hutong.
Andingmen subdistrict also has replaced sewer pipelines of 17 yards at Fangjia hutong and upgraded ground surface, renovated three public toilets, and improved parking space.