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The 13th century historic Drum and Bell Tower rises above a 'hutong'... News PhotoAlley,Beijing,Bell Tower - Tower,Construction Industry,Finance,History,Horizontal,Hutong Alley,Qing DynastyPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPThe 13th century historic Drum and Bell Tower (top C) rises above a 'hutong' alley in Beijing on December 14, 2012. China's capital is to destroy swathes of ancient courtyard homes around a 13th-century landmark in what is being called an effort to preserve Beijing's historical legacy, residents said. Large numbers of hutong homes, some of them dating back to the Qing dynasty, will be demolished around the Drum and Bell Tower -- a tourist hotspot in Beijing's historic centre -- to make way for a large plaza, they said. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)