Thursday, October 25, 2007
Making Old New Again
In Hou Hai, there are many hutongs, or old Chinese houses that are falling apart and some being demolished.
And what's taking their place? New ones.
As we walked around the Back Lakes, we saw this construction site in full swing. Construction workers use the cheap but durable plastic material as makeshift aprons as they cut and fashion cement bricks into the right size and shape.
While we're pleased to see the theme of traditional Chinese architecture continue in this old area of Beijing, it's disconcerting to see them manufacture the past.