I hate this area. Abhor it. Full of tourists (foreign and otherwise) and trendy/chic people with whom I’ve got next to nothing in common. If it weren’t for the Apple store, or a Belgian beer pub called The Tree, I wouldn’t visit there at all. Okay, well, Blue Frog ain’t bad either, but that’s it.
The place is usually chockablock full of people. It was cool to take a photo of the square when it was relatively empty.
The dream of having a modernized Beijing, including updated water, power, and sewage infrastructure, refurbished apartment buildings, repaved roadways, and an expanded subway line is coming true. The changes I’ve seen over the last seven years have been drastic. I thought perhaps the projects might stall a bit after the milestone of the 2008 Olympic Games was met, but they haven’t.
And, a very big part of making this all happen are the millions of migrant works who have come to Beijing from other provinces to provide the necessary labor.
For longer jobs, such as the construction of buildings, they live in onsite in temporary buildings. For short and more mobile jobs, such as putting down new steam pipe, they travel along in tents.