No End in Sight for Beijing's Controversial 'Beautification' Campaign

In 2018, the capital will tear down an additional 4,000 square kilometers of illegal buildings and close hundreds of non-essential businesses.

by Justine Lopez, 27 February 2018

Mifan or Mafan: Such a Café​

If there is one trend that gives us hope about the hutongs' future, it's the steady stream of hip AF coffee shops opening therein.

by That's Beijing, 18 December 2017

Photographs Document Beijing's Hutongs Before the Brickings

Beijing-based photographer Tan Siok Siok captured everyday scenes in Dongcheng's hutongs not knowing they'd be bricked over just a few months later.

by That's Beijing, 16 November 2017

Which Bars and Restaurants Have Survived the Great Brickings of 2017?

The following bars and restaurants were victims of Beijing's citywide brickings this spring. Here's a lowdown on pub-and-grub resurrections.

by Noelle Mateer, 10 August 2017

Illegal Structures Being Demolished in Beijing's Popular Shichahai Area

It looks like Shichahai – and its wild and raucous bar street – is the next casualty in Beijing's citywide demolitions.

by Justine Lopez, 27 July 2017

Photos Show the Dramatic Evolution of Beijing's Hutongs from 1989-2013

A recent exhibition held in Beijing featured over 100 photos depicting just how much the city's hutongs have changed since the 1980s.

by Justine Lopez, 10 July 2017

The Citywide Renovations Changing Beijing As We Know It

We explore the Great Bricking of 2017 in more depth. Not only is this a local issue that many of us feel passionately about, but it is more complex than it first appears.

by Noelle Mateer, 05 June 2017

We Talk to the Beijingers Impacted by Citywide Renovations

​Views on the Beijing's brickings from the people most affected.

by Noelle Mateer, 05 June 2017

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