You only still find a very few hutongs preserved from the Yuan Dynasty. Some have had only one name since their establishment and others have had a few names throughout their history. A lot of hutong names are linked to the names of food.

The snuff bottles contain powdered tobacco as a kind of a remedy for common illnesses such as colds, headaches and stomach disorders.

Though tobacco smoking was later banned and became illegal during the Qing Dynasty, but the use of snuff was permitted due to its meidical functions.

In 1260 Kubla Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, established the Yuan Dynasty. During the takeover by the Mongols, the old city had been largely demolished, and so he decided to rebuild the city.

When the new city was finished, there were clear definitions of streets, lanes and hutongs. An 18 metre wide one a "small street", and a 9 metre wide lane was called a "hutong".

A typical Chinese shuttlecock has four feathers fixed into a rubber sole or plastic discs.

Some handmade jianzis make use of a washer or a coin with a hole in the center.

Playing shuttlecock is very popular among the local residents in Beijing.

Wake up early and go to the park for playing shuttlecock.

Surrounding the Imperial Palace, hutongs were established throughout the Yuan (1206-1341), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties.

Most of the hutongs we see today were built during the Ming and Qinq.

There were over 900 hutongs listed in Qing Dynasty. Now many of the old hutongs have been turned down and replaced by the high buildings and wide roads of today's Beijing.