Hessler, Peter
February 2006
New Yorker;2/13/2006, Vol. 82 Issue 1, p82
The article presents the author's reflections of living in an alleyway in Beijing, China. The author lives in an apartment building in downtown Beijing. It is surrounded by the single-story homes of brick, wood and tile. On a map, the shape is distinctive: it looks a little like a question mark, or perhaps half of a Buddhist swastika. The alley is also distinctive because it belongs to one of the few surviving sections of old Beijing. The capital has been changing fast. But the layout of the author's neighborhood has remained more or less the same for centuries.


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