Beijing 2006 - Just hanging on (2)

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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beijing, china, hutong, zhū băo shì jiē, zhu bao shi jie, zhubaoshi street, fence, fencing, fencing panels, haphazard, demolition, destruction, torn down, bike, transport bike, mop, stroller, dead end, clothing shop, hanging on, shoppers


This is part of the second series of Beijing 2006 – The hutong photos; see my journal posts Beijing 2006 – The hutong and Beijing 2006: Out with the old, in with the new for the background of this series.

See the location on a satellite map (Google’s street map doesn’t register with the satellite view!)

Just some 200m North of the little pajama shop along Zhubaoshi Street (zhū băo shì jiē), I came upon this scene.

On the left and up ahead, a haphazard collection of fencing material demarcates a demolition area: a whole bunch of buildings (all former shops) already torn down, in the process of being torn down, or next in line to be torn down. You cannot go straight ahead, but there’s a small alleyway left on the right through which you can reach Qianmen Street – an almost completely ‘dead’ street at that time, with buildings on both sides half-hidden by building fences awaiting their fate: to be renovated, or torn down and replaced, depending on their state.

Meanwhile, here, that motley collection of fencing panes (remember these?) has become a handy place to park bikes, transport bikes (one with a mop!), and even a stroller.

On the right-hand (East) side of the street though, shops still left are hanging on and doing business as usual. Some of them may have survived, but from the scene as I found it here it was impossible to predict. On the other hand, if we look closely at the satellite image, the area behind the fences here (including some buildings still seen standing here), is still just a scar, with no rebuilding. It seems as though the (definitely rather crumbling) buildings were just torn down without a clear plan what to replace them with. That, or the money just ran out.

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

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