Chinese Voices Project: City Life
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Beijing's Disappearing Neighborhoods
(1.1 / 370)
The narrow alleyways and courtyard houses
of Beijing's hutongs have been a characteristic feature of the city since
the Yuan dynasty. They're being bulldozed aside now to make room for a
more modern but perhaps less colorful capital.
The Great Blizzard of 2008
(1.1 / 495)
The snowstorms came at the worst possible
time: just as millions of Chinese were preparing to return home for the
Spring Festival. Major disruptions of transport, electricity, and water
services made for a chaotic several weeks, bringing out the worst in some
people and the best in others.
A City on the Move
(1.1 / 383)
Getting around in Beijing is becoming a
bit easier and more pleasant these days, with newly opened subway lines,
fewer billboards, and better manners among drivers.
A Perfect Day
(1.1 / 500)
In a city like Beijing, you can never run
out of things to do, even if you have the time to do them. A perfect day,
though, might involve doing very little at all.
Addressing Beijing's Traffic Snarl
(1.4 / 310)
With 1000 new cars added to the streets
of Beijing every day, the traffic can be a nightmare. Discount passes
for public transportation might go some way towards reducing the gridlock.
The Case of the Missing Bicycle
(1.4 / 806)
If you lose a nice bike in Beijing you're
pretty much out of luck, unless you happen to spot it in a neighborhood
bike shop the following week. In some cases, though, that might just be
the beginning of the story.
Women in White
(1.4 / 309)
Who are the ghost-like women waiting under
a tree outside their doorway on a cold Beijing night?
The Trouble with Dogs
(2.1 / 676)
Small dogs have replaced the pigeons of
old as the pet of choice among Beijing residents. But the Chinese have
traditionally not looked kindly on dogs, and given many residents' experiences
with their new neighbors, this attitude seems unlikely to change.
No Answer is Also an Answer
(1.8 / 261)
Beijing buses are frequently packed, and
sometimes tempers can flare.
Sweet Potato Pedlars
(1.5 / 260)
There's nothing like a freshly roasted sweet
potato on a cold Beijing winter day. For the street pedlars who sell them,
though, it's a rough and risky way to make a living.
Where's my Bike?
(1.5 / 318)
They say you're not a true Beijinger until
you've lost a bike--and then bought someone else's 'lost' bike to replace
it from the repairman down the street.