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The Last Hu Tongs
The hutongs are Beijing's traditional living quaters.  Not long ago, most of the city's population lived in these quaint districts of winding side streets, back alleys and communal living.  Now they are fast disappearing as the city upgrades its residential housing with more modern apartment buildings.  While we in the West mourn the passing of the hutongs, most Beijingers are thrilled with the prospect of cleaner, more modern apartments that have heating, air conditioning and indoor toilets.


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Good fortune

A quiet street

A maze of back alleys

Sleepy

A back alley

An aging infrastructure

Wired... sort of

Modernity overlooks

Last door standing

Hung out to dry

The bathrooms

Modernization arrives

Make way for the new

The rubble pile

More rubble

Rubble everywhere

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