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...

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...

Land Grab Protest in S. China Simmers for 4th Day

Protests in Guangdong over land reclaimed for development that CDT covered two days ago are still ongoing, according to Reuters: Lufeng, a city of 1.7 million, saw violent clashes with authorities earlier in the week, when...

China’s Glorious New Past

In the New York Review of Books, Ian Johnson revisit the gritty industrial city of Datong for the first time in ten years and is shocked by what he finds: Over the past few decades, Chinese cities have seen their historic...

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...

Facelift for Old Summer Palace

From Global Times: The 303-year-old Yuanmingyuan, or the Old Summer Palace, will have a new theme park and a culture square on its periphery, according to urban plan-ning authorities. “The adjacent neighborhoods around the...

Sprawling Beijing Tries a Softer Urbanization

Caixin reports on a new strategy for redevelopment being implemented in Beijing: The municipal government has decided to completely integrate into the urban landscape all of Beijing’s so-called villages – communities of...

Kashgar’s Old City: Landscape of Loss

Open Democracy continues their reporting on the destruction of old Kashgar: The Chinese authorities in the far-west Xinjiang region of the people’s republic declared in early 2009 that 65,000 homes in Kashgar’s old city...

China Developer’s Lament

As part of a Forbes special on the billionaires of the world, Gady Epstein profiles real estate developer Zhang Xin, chief executive of Soho China: This is the Chinese economy in a nutshell–sellers selling a product for...

Beijing Artists Say Development is Driving Them Out

In the Guardian, Tania Branigan has more details about the recent protest by artists forced out of their studios in Beijing: The demolitions in Chaoyang district are only the latest of many. One person whose studio is threatened...

Hire Stands Up to Chinese Government, Developers

Voice of America has an update to this CDT post from December on live-in protester Lu Daren, who was hired by the managers of the “Fish Castle” restaurant to prevent its destruction by wrecking crews: Unidentified...

New Rules Seek to Ease China Property Disputes

Disputes over forced evictions as land gets sold for redevelopment have resulted in violent protests in recent years throughout China. New rules may give homeowners more rights and help ease tensions, Reuters reports: With...




Google Ads 1


Giving Assistant

Amazon Smile

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.