Brick Tower Hutong
A photography store near South Xisi Street is named after the Brick Tower here, built during the Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234) to commemorate the great Buddhist luminary Wan Song. The tower has seven stories and is made from distinctive blue-gray bricks.
The name has been passed down over 700 years, all the way to present times. During the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368), Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) Dynasties, it was the center for theatre in Beijing. By 1900, when the allied forces of eight powers invaded Beijing, the theatrical troupes were scattered far afield and broken up, and Brick Tower Hutong became a residential area. It has been home to two major figures in Chinese history: Lu Xun, a great writer, thinker and revolutionary, and Liu Shaoqi, a great proletarian revolutionary. Lu Xun is known for novels like The Blessing, Happy Family and The Soap.
Today this lane is protected as a piece of the city's historical heritage.