They're Tearing down Part of Shenzhen's Baishizhou Neighborhood

By Sky Gidge, September 23, 2016

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The Shahe Industrial Park is being torn town. It’s the beginning of what will likely take years and leave Shenzhen with a Baishizhou unrecognizable from today’s urban village. 

The Shahe Industrial Park is, or was, across from the pedestrian street where Bionic Brew, Peko and Magma are located.

old-factories-baishizhou.JPGThe factory buildings are being gutted.

dog-baishizhou-chai.JPGThe building in the background has the chai symbol, meaning it is marked for destruction. Despite that the restuarant was operating on Tuesday. 

chai-on-baishizhou-wall.jpgIf you see the above chai symbol on a building, it means it is slated for destruction.

man-looks-over-wall-baishizhou.jpgA wall along Shahe Jie blocks the view of the destruction.

Why does it matter?

On September 16 foreignpolicy.com posted an excellent article outlining how the urban village’s low-rent housing acts as a starting point for new migrants. In July, The New York Times released an article about the area's planned destruction and described how it has survived so long on prime real estate.

[Images via Sky Gidge]

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