Beijing 2006 - The fashion store by Marjolein Katsma

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beijing, china, hutong, qian men xi he yan jie, qianmen west heiyan street, demolition, rubble, building fence, protection, fashion shop, shop window, pragmatism

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!)

Another prime example of Beijing pragmatism… We’re standing on Qianmen West Heiyan Street here, where on the North side of the street we saw the tree in a cage – on the South side of the street just a little row of shops was still standing, but it was already clear they would be torn down as well.

Still, while demolition work was in progress around them, those shops still standing, and their customers on the sidewalk, were protected by another improvised building fence. The owner of a little fashion shop saw the opportunity in that, and turned the fence into an extra shop window! Seen from behind, the effect was rather humorous. Note the rubble around the dummies’ feet!

The satellite image shows the whole row of shops near the East end of the street is now gone – and so far (2012) nothing has taken their place yet.

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

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  • loderevy
    loderevyalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely and funny: great!

  • Thank you Henk, for the fave, too! It’s actually one of my favorite images from Beijing. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Evelyn Bach
    Evelyn Bachalmost 3 years ago

    fabulous shot! the composition reminds me a little of this

  • Thank you so much, Evelyn, for the fave, too! (Indeed an little compositional ‘echo’ – fun!)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamalmost 3 years ago

    What an intriguing scene. Great composition

  • Thank you so much, Richard, for the favorite, too! It was, of course, impossible to pass this and not take a photo. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxalmost 3 years ago

    HUMOR!!! Geweldig!
    Groeten en fijne dag!

  • Ik vond het ook een heel grappig gezicht – maar realisee me plotseling dat ik geen idee heb of Chinezen dit ook grappig zouden vinden!
    Dank voor je leuke commentaar en de fave, Hans! En een fijn weekend!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Mark Smart
    Mark Smartover 2 years ago

    Superb Image Marjolein, : – 22nd April 2012

  • Thank you very much, Mark! Finding this was a superb moment. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 2 years ago


  • And Beijing is an amazing city! Thank you so much for your great comment and the fave, Vitta!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 2 years ago

    Well seen and taken. :)

  • Thank you very much, Indrani! For the fave, too!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hélène David-Cuny
    Hélène David-Cunyover 2 years ago

    Alternative title : Humanity hidden by the ‘Little red book’… ;-)

  • chuckle – but I remember the little red book – I had my own (translated) copy, it was very popular with us teenagers (little did we know what was really going on in China at that time….). Thank you for the funny comment, Hélène!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieover 2 years ago

    So funny! Great composition and color.

  • Someone else – from Shanghai or thereabouts – must have found it funny, too: this mysterious someone kept reloading and reloading the image: about 100 times! Eh???
    Thanks for your nice comment and the fave, Ethna!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    What a great shot!

  • Thank you so much, Maree! For the fave as well!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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