Thursday, July 31, 2008

China's changing neighborhoods (slideshow)

Preparations for the upcoming Olympics didn't launch the transformation of Beijing's traditional neighborhoods — it started long before — but they are definitely accelerating those changes.

An excellent film depicting these changes in China is "The Shower," about a family-run bathhouse trying to stay afloat (pun intended) in an old neighborhood as the juggernaut of modernization comes rolling unstoppably into town. Highly recommended. Joe Bob — I mean, Mellow Monk — says check it out!

[Okay, how many of you got that "Joe Bob" reference?]

"Sure, it blocks the sun, but the Sunday buffet there isn't bad."

—Mellow Monk

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