your daily dose of spiritual food

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like most developing cities in asia, beijing is a powerhouse of contradictions. a city of extremes pushed up against each other, developing at lightning speed. extreme wealth exudes out of the corners of some streets. yet, as you turn that corner, you may walk in a little alley, and find yourself transported in time and space, into a hutong. these are the traditional walled neighborhoods that used to fill the city of beijing. the word hutong describes these narrow lanes or alleys, that lead you into the siheyuan, a traditional coutryard style housing that is intimate, communal and familial. almost all of them have been demolished, people uprooted from their historic homes for the sake of a gigantic development. the ones spared are strategically facing a touristification that threatens to erase the authenticity of these great, humane spaces. leaning on the wall is the instrument of the people.

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2 responses

  1. Angela

    i like the hint of color in the tile walkway and bicycle. it gives off the feeling that many people were there once. like they still are. if that makes any sense..

    December 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    • thanks! it makes me think of how it must have been ages ago, such a thriving and interesting dwelling configuration and dynamic, a beautiful, intricate place, difficult to understand at first.

      December 9, 2009 at 1:09 am

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