Shaken but not broken, China

Chinese couple refusing to leave Hutong – the poor quarters of Beijing, China

Chinese couple refusing to leave Hutong – the poor quarters of Beijing, China

I took this photograph in July 2006, two years before the Olympic Games in Beijing. To make more room for high-tech buildings, modern hotels and department stores, great parts of once beautiful hutongs – alleys – in the city center were being leveled and the people sent off to blocks of flats on the city suburb. Despite this heartbreak, several people stayed in the ruins – with their smiles still on.

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