Picture Show: Modernity Meets Antiquity in Beijing's Hutong Neighborhoods Picture Show: Modernity Meets Antiquity in Beijing's Hutong Neighborhoods
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Picture Show: Modernity Meets Antiquity in Beijing's Hutong Neighborhoods

by dan eckstein

February 5, 2010
There are few places on the planet as inviting and abuzz as Beijing's Hutong neighborhoods, where crowds of residents move through clustered, narrow alleyways against a backdrop of diminutive courtyard homes. But during the massive effort to modernize Beijing for the 2008 Olympic games, many of these neighborhoods were razed and replaced. "For some residents this provides a chance for a better standard of living," writes the photographer Dan Eckstein. "For others it means the end of a way of life."




































































For more views of China through Eckstein's lens, head here.



 
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Picture Show: Modernity Meets Antiquity in Beijing's Hutong Neighborhoods