A Changing Neighborhood
Dashalar is an old neighborhood in the center of Beijing. Recently, under the government’s plan to modernize the capital, large parts of the neighborhood have been demolished and rebuilt. This has displaced thousands of people.
Those who remain are too elderly or poor to move elsewhere, including migrant workers drawn by low rents. Gentrification of the neighborhood has replaced the old, crowded courtyards with hip bars, restaurants, and shops catering to wealthy customers.