Hutong is only living habit represents Beijing people, especially those Manchurian and can not represents Chinese culture or living habit; there are more typical and good living form in other places in China, Hutong is not so good as you thought. In fact,
I do not think Beijing has created any phenomenal cultures as other thought. You feel a little bit so good about Beijing. One simple example, Beijing Opera was originated from Anhui Province and has nothing to do with Beijing except the name.