The last days of old Beijing : life in the backstreets of a city transformed / Michael Meyer.

A fascinating, intimate portrait of Beijing through the lens of its oldest neighborhood, Dazhalan. Meyer examines how the bonds that hold the neighborhood together are being torn by forced evictions as century-old houses and ways of life are increasingly destroyed to make way for shopping malls, the...

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Main Author: Meyer, Michael, 1972-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Walker & Company, 2008.
Edition:First U.S. edition.
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