Destruction or Facelift for Beijing’s Gulou? French Press Reports, Photos

…faire peau neuve…. Destruction or facelift for the venerable and endangered Gulou/Drum Tower neighborhood in north Beijing? Efrafan Days, a UK-based blog, carries an essential report/opinion piece on this issue, rich with links, on the coming holocaust of historical architecture and rise of historical kitsch in Beijing. Rather than duplicate all the effort presently, I thought I might translate a solid report which was published … Continue reading Destruction or Facelift for Beijing’s Gulou? French Press Reports, Photos

Beijing Notes

The Beijinger reports that wide swaths of the Gulou (Drum Tower) neighborhood may be slated for destruction and horrid Disney/Qianmen-style theme park makeover: Disturbing news in the Chinese press has bar owners around Gulou (aka the Drum Tower) feeling nervous. Plans have been announced to “restore” the area around the tower to the style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and build an underground “Beijing … Continue reading Beijing Notes