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Post time 2015-2-9 14:26:04 |Display all floors
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Xuanwumen, located in Beijing's southwest, has always been a cultural melting pot. It has the city's oldest Catholic church, the first women's teaching university and was home to China's first congress. The hutong of Xuanwumen hold Beijing's cultural roots.

But with Beijing's rapid development, many hutong are being knocked down to make room for high-rise buildings.

Local residents say the demolition and relocation process started in 2009 and has yet to run its course.

Some residents have already moved out, and their homes have been demolished. The rest continue to stay because they have failed to reach an agreement with property developers.

Broken brick tile lies on both sides of the hutong. Nobody has come to clean up. Discarded sofas, broken chairs, and old bicycles are scattered about. Stray cats and dogs run through the ruins. Big signs with the character for "demolish" adorn many walls. The residents are living in the ruins of demolition, becoming a shantytown in one of the city's most prosperous areas.

However, cheap rents are reforging the mix of cultures for which the area is known. Migrant workers from Heilongjiang, Jilin, Henan, Anhui and other provinces are working and living here. They have set up garbage collecting stations, opened restaurants and bicycle repair shops.

"Anyhow, living here is better than living in rural areas," one migrant worker said.

The new migrants are bringing a liveliness and cultural diversity to neglected hutong waiting for the wrecking ball.


The old hutong of Xuanwumen, in Beijing's southwest. These hutong are scheduled to be demolished. Because of cheap rents, many migrants live and work here.


A national flag hangs on a home to deter forced demolitions.


Migrants open restaurants in the hutong.


A family's quilts hang across the ruins of demolished buildings.

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Post time 2015-2-9 22:04:28 |Display all floors
these old buildings ..  

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Post time 2015-2-10 06:37:40 |Display all floors
I hope that the property developers are not trying to get the property on the cheap, while knowing they will make a very good profit. I see it all to often. Homes being built for only the higher income earners, forcing the low wage earners to find low cost housing that is becoming harder to locate.

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Post time 2015-2-11 10:51:36 |Display all floors
The Spring Festival is a very important festival in China.It‘s on the first day of the first lunar month.Before the Spring Festival,people have bought presents, like,meat, fruit,flowers drinks and somethings for themselves.

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Post time 2015-2-11 10:51:51 |Display all floors
The children are very happy because the Spring Festival is coming.Mothers have bought clothes for them child.The clothes are very beautiful.

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Post time 2015-2-11 10:52:33 |Display all floors
Dumplings are the most traditional food .Children like the festival very much ,because they can have delicious food and wear new clothes .

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Post time 2015-2-11 10:52:55 |Display all floors
The Spring Festival lasts about 15 days long .People visit relatives and friends with the words "Have all your wishes ".

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