I was down in the Sanlitun area today, enjoying yet another beautiful summer day.
Truth be told, it is an area that I typically avoid, and probably wouldn’t goto at all except for an Apple store and two out-of-the-way restaurants.
The reason has to do with this paragraph from the wiki article linked above:
The area has been under almost constant regeneration since the late 20th century as part of a city-wide project of economic regrowth. It currently houses many bars and clubs popular with both expatriates and locals as well as international brand-name stores such as American Apparel, Apple Inc. and Adidas.
Just not my thing. (Also, I’d qualify the use of “locals” a bit… that is, more young Chinese with money than typical Beijingren.)
In any event, as I was walking down one of those regenerated streets mentioned above, I looked down an alley and into this community of people that make the regrown parts of Beijing actually function.
Please do click-on the image and spend a bit of time exploring the larger version on flickr.