destruction of old cities

What Remains of Kashgar’s Old City?

Far West China has posted a map, created by Stefan Geens, showing the scale of the destruction of old Kashgar: A favorite destination among tourists and a symbol for infuriated activists, the Old City that has survived multiple...

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...

Photography: The Landscape Within

Howard French, former New York Times Shanghai bureau chief, spent the summer documenting through photographs the people who live in Shanghai’s disappearing neighborhoods. He wrote an essay about the project for the Times...

China eviction protester ‘jailed’

Ye Guozhu has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” after he publicly protested forced evictions in Beijing as the city prepares for the 2008 Olympics, according to the BBC. Ye’s family’s house was destroyed in 2003 to make way for new construction.

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