Sheri Fresonke Harper's Reviews > The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed
The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed
Excellent view of some of the changes taking place in China. This book focuses primarily on Beijing, China, especially life in the hutong's. The hutongs are traditional homes that are a single story tall and centered around a shared courtyard, with rooms in each often rented by different families and joined together with other similar homes in a long row with tiny lanes separating them. Many of the families also rented work spaces for their businesses. Much of the discussion in this memoir is about the change from hutongs to Western style high rise apartment buildings, many without elevators. The tales often surround many of the friends the author made while living in a hutong for several years as an English teacher.
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