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China, Beijing. A Chinese man cycles past Qianshi Hutong, the narrowest Hutong in Beijing. In the rush to modernise the city, Qianmen or Front Gate, once Beijing's heart, has fallen to destruction. Many streets and hundreds of courtyard houses have been demolished, two four-lane roads have been built, tens of thousands of residents, have been displaced, giant strips of land have been cleared. The center of the city during the last imperial dynasty, this old commercial, entertainment and residential district, home to merchants, tea houses and Peking Opera, saw his main street converted back into what it once was, a shopping street lined by traditional Chinese buildings, a Beijing's replica of itself. But the 'renovation' is not completed, the distruction still goes on.
- Susetta Bozzi
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