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Tricycles await passengers in old Beijing. The Shichahai District is a neighborhood which surrounds a lake and still preserves the way people lived and probably still do in the interior of China away from the modern, recently built cities. Here all houses were low buildings, painted the dull grey color reserved for the people. They lined narrow tortuous streets. Doorways led to open courtyards. Each house consisted of four rooms that faced the center courtyards. This arrangement provided the necessary harmony to the house. Here you could experience the profound poverty and scant living conditions on the people. About twenty households shared a single common bath. We travelled in two passenger tricycles pulled by a driver along a pre-chosen route selected and authorized by the government for tourist consumption. The houses had obviously been recently painted the in two drab tones of “people’s” grey

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Viewed: 1983
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Additional Photos by Rafael Morillo (rmorillo) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 70 W: 26 N: 23] (273)
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