Beijing 2006 - The fashion store

Marjolein Katsma

Groningen, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 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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Beijing 2006 - The (semi-)restaurant

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