Friday, September 13, 2013
Took the day off to wander the hutongs with Gary & Pat. Up until the beginning of the 20th century, no residential building within the city walls could be higher than one storey and they had to be grey - much like today's weather. Interesting how gentrification is creeping in. Not just the renovations, but the cool little cafes and boutique shops. Hope they don't all end up like Nanluoguxiang Street though, which has become a long, stretched-out version of Camden Market with the crowds to match.