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.
""Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and
so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our
people, and neither do we."
"I want to thank the astronauts who are with us,
the courageous spacial entrepreneurs who set such a wonderful example for the
young of our country."
"Had we to do it over again, we would look at the
consequences of catastrophic success, being so successful so fast that an enemy
that should have surrendered or been done in escaped and lived to fight another