China urbanization series: Beijing

The World

In August Beijing will host the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. China’s leaders are looking forward to showing the world a modern, sophisticated face. They’ve been transforming the Chinese capital with a population of more than 17 million people. But they’ve paid less attention to the soul of Beijing – and maintaining a connection to its past. The World’s Mary Kay Magistad has the second part in our series on China’s urbanization.

All photos: Mary Kay Magistad

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