Here's a BBC News story about what the future may hold for Beijing and
its traditional urban fabric. It reminds me of discussions about
Shanghai several years ago...
"Some advocate modernisation - with fancy-looking skyscrapers and wide
streets. Others argue that the city is of such stunning historical
value, it must keep its ancient appearance.
Much of this ancient fabric is preserved in the city's diminishing
alleys, which are known as "hutong" in Mandarin. On a sunny afternoon
shortly before Beijing's mayor received the Olympic flag at the closing
ceremony in Athens, I started an exploration of ancient Beijing."
Washington DC, USA
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