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False Historical Consciousness

After scuttling plans in 2010 to redevelop Beijing’s historic Bell and Drum Tower neighborhoods, demolition of a nearby square has now begun. The government has announced plans to restore the tangle of hutongs back to its...

Old Building Restoration Taking a Hold in China

Starting from the reinvention of Dashilar, a historical neighborhood in Beijing, innovative architects are racking their brains to balance city development and cultural preservation. From Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore at The Los...

Iconic CCTV Headquarters Completed

China Central Television’s headquarters building is finally complete. 10 years after design approval and 8 years after construction began, China’s state-run television broadcaster is finally ready to set-up shop in...

Razing History

In the Atlantic, Jonathan Kaiman writes about the destruction of Beijing’s historic neighborhoods, including the hutongs surrounding Zhongnanhai, the central leadership compound, which were on a protected list compiled in...

Developers Demolish Home of Revered Architects

Liang Sicheng is known as the “father of Chinese architecture.” He and his architect wife, Lin Huiyin, lived in an ancient courtyard home in Beijing from which they fought for the preservation of Beijing’s...

Sinica: The Soul of Beijing

The latest Sinica podcast, hosted by Kaiser Kuo, focuses on the transformation of Beijing through the eyes of several long-time residents: As housing prices and rents soar, hutongs get ripped down and “crazy bad” air...

Fate of Old Beijing: Videos and Slideshows

China Green features a series of videos and slideshows exploring Beijing’s disappearing hutongs. In the face of China’s rapid modernization, the world’s most populous country is struggling to preserve its cultural...

A Trip Down Beijing’s Half-fake Memory Lane

For the Los Angeles Times, Megan K. Stack writes about life in the Beijing hutongs as they are being destroyed and transformed into tourist sites around her: All around us, workers are tearing down the neighborhood and...

Bulldozers Meet Historic Chinese Neighborhood

The New York Times reports on the imminent destruction of the ancient Drum and Bell Tower neighborhood of Beijing: These days, those who reside in the neighborhood known as Gulou are anxiously counting the days until...

In Beijing, a Brand-New Old Quarter (with photos)

In the New York Times, Richard Bernstein takes a walk through the new Dashalan pedestrian district: But while most of the old residential areas of Beijing that have been demolished were transformed into zones of high-rise...

Beijing, the Invisible City

China Heritage Quarterly, a publication of the China Heritage Project, The Australian National University, has published a special issue focusing on Beijing, the Invisible City. From the Introduction: We feature the historical...

Beijing Simmering Over ‘The Egg’

From Los Angeles Times: It’s the building Beijing residents love to hate. The dome of the new National Center for the Performing Arts glows luminescent as it emerges from a reflecting pool like a pearl or a rising sun. At...

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