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We lived here for more than 60 years | by Pawel Maciejewski
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We lived here for more than 60 years

One of the women living in a neighbourhood which is going to be demolish presents a simple calligraphy saying: "Beijing Courtyards are the ancient heritage. They don't belong only to Beijing but to the whole world. We lived here for more than 60 years and now we have to move out. Farewell, our courtyard". Traditional Beijing streets and courtyards for a few hundred years were an essential part of Beijing's unique culture. Many of these locations and their inhabitants face the threat of demolition as well as forced removal in the eve of Beijing Olympics in 2008.


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Taken on August 1, 2007