Some of the hutongs of Beijing are places for ordinary people to live, in a style similar to that which they have lived for a few generations. The Guowang hutong, off Gulou street is one such. This man seems to go door to door inside the hutong, picking up junk. We’d passed a courtyard earlier in our wandering where the junk was being sorted, so presumably this is part of the economy.
It reminded us of India where the junk dealers still come flat to flat and take away things. One of them had even taken away a washing machine from us! Made us wonder whether a similar junk dealer goes to the high-rises of Beijing.