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Shantytown renovation in central Beijing: Xicheng

September 15, 2017

konjaku: as was the case in Dongcheng, shantytown areas are close to, or indeed part of, significant historical and historical neighborhoods.

Xicheng District

1.Baizifang and Baiwangzhuang beili.

02-18 (2016) was the first day for residents of Baizifang shacks to sign contracts in the renovation project. A similar project is underway in Baiwangzhuang beili.

Baizifang 白纸坊
Baiwangzhuang beili 百万庄北里

2.Caiyuan street and Zaolin nanli

Xicheng district has announced, that in this renovation project all residents who want to return to live in the original location may do so [trading the space of their original home for space in a multi-story complex]. Those who opt instead for monetary compensation may select from designated housing in Daxing, Fengtai, or Fanshan, with a purchase price of 15,000 to 20,000 per square meter. Those who decide not to purchase the designated housing will get a subsidy of 5000 yuan per square meter on whatever they decide to buy.

Caiyuan St 菜园街
Zaolin nanli 枣林南里


3.Guangyuanli shantytown district renewal project
On 02-18 (2016) the 90 day period for the residents to sign contracts began. This project was set up in such a way that the actual demolition and construction work can only begin when the rate of contracts signed reaches 85%. If they do not reach 85% in the 90 day window, the project is cancelled. However, within a month the percentage of signed contracts was already at 90%.

Guangyuanli 光源里

Contracts reach 90% in Baizifang slum renovation project

03-21 Beijing. In the largest slum renovation project in Xicheng district, including Guangyuanli in Baizifang, Caiyuan Street and Zaolin nanlin, once 85% of residents have signed contracts, the requisition of land can officially start. On 03-21, one month after the announcement was posted, the percentage of contracts signed had already reached 90% Those residents who have signed are now busy with moving out, emptying their houses. (Text and photos: Vision China) Qianlong net


Outside the Baizifang east street Guangyuanli slum renewal office, there is a digital display board that shows in real time the percentage of contracts signed. At present the figure has reached 90.22%.

photo: the digital board. In this photo, the percentage has reached 90.31%. The board shows a current bonus status of 5万 (50,000 yuan), and says that if sixteen more households sign contracts, 1万 (10,000 yuan) will be added to the bonus total –another horizontal red line in the rectangle on the left side. It says there are 58 more days to the deadline. If all households sign, 100%, every household will receive 15万(150,000 yuan, approximately $23,000). From the board, one can guess that 150 to 200 households have not yet signed.


City resident Chen Yuying said his old house in Hongjian nanli has two rooms, and the replacement residence his family will move into in the same general location will be a suite with three rooms. Since the new residence will be larger, they will have to pay 7000 yuan per square meter for the extra space. However, Chen Yuying told the Beijing Youth Report correspondent that with the bonus for moving out before the advance date, the encouragement reward, the rental subsidy for temporary housing,etc., they will still have 200,000 yuan left over. “We have a rental in Jiaomen Xili (between the 3rd and 4th ring) and we are preparing to move in there.”


Once the signed contracts percentage goes over the 85% ceiling (which has already happened), for every new signing, all those residents who have signed contracts will get a one percentage point bonus of 10,000 yuan ($1475). If the percentage of contracts signed reaches 100%, the total bonus the residents will get will become 150,000 yuan.


The Baizifang slum redevelopment project goes on two fronts:1) Guangyuanli, 2) Caiyuan street and Zaolin Nanli. In total it is 29 hectares, with construction comprising 265,400 square meters, involving 5000 households. In the area involved there are 32 spare and economical buildings, 43 old buildings in danger of collapse, mixed in with 3500 one story houses of various types. Demolition on buildings which have been requisitioned once contracts have been completed will start on 04-01.

An official involved in the redevelopment project said that the total of those at present who have chosen the replacement housing built on the same location, like Chen Yuying, is 60%. Others have chosen other designated housing, or just to receive a sum of money. The other designated housing is in Daxing, Fengtai, and Fanshan. The price for those residents who choose this option is 20,000 yuan per square meter, 30% below market price.

Those who have moved out of their houses and removed all their possessions from the property, having had their houses demolished, will receive their compensation within ten working days after the date announced by the district government, namely, 04-01-16. By 03-19, already over 100 families have moved out of their houses and into temporary residences. Those who move out and settle in the temporary housing before the cut off date will receive an extra award of 10,000 yuan per square meter (of their old house).


An official in the project headquarters said, beside the traditional method of disseminating public announcements by posting information on walls, they invested in the latest technology, and now have an electronic information system in place. It has the results of the survey of households, details on the plan, the rate at which contracts are being signed, and info on compensation paid out. The residents can look up all of these matters in real time, as they are constantly updated — this is a first.


the project website (in Chinese)

The headquarters has also set up a supervision department, a procuratorate department, an inspecting discipline department, and an auditing department, that is, an extensive staff with the sole duty of insuring there is no corruption or abuse of authority. The companies which provide services for the project have signed an agreement to be honest, clean, and self-disciplining. At various places in the affected area of the project100 clean-government report boxes (complaint boxes) have been set up. The project officials request that all residents carry out their own supervision of the process, and report any violations by workers or personnel of legal stipulations and project policies.


The project office has also set up a coordination committee made of representatives who have been elected from, and by the residents. This committee participates in every step of the project, and has set up four work stations: a resident reception center, a mediation center, a legal services center, and a notarization center — all there to serve the residents during the transition.

For those residents who have chosen to come back to replacement housing on the same site, there is a model of the new buildings to help the residents determine where in the complex they want to live, following the motto, “ For my new house, I am the one who decides.” For those residents who have chosen to live in the alternate designated housing (in Daxing, Fengtai, and Fanshan) there will be a large bus available to take them out to look at the residences.

For those residents who choose to receive monetary compensation only, as an example if their old house was 50 square meters, with all the various awards and bonuses, they are eligible to receive as much as 5 million yuan. ($740,000)

Guangyuanli 光源里
Baizifang 白纸坊
Caiyuan Street 菜园街
Zaolin nanlin 枣林南里
Hongjian Nanli 宏建南里
Jiaomen Xili 角门西里

konjaku: the Guangyuanli renovation was well under way by 03-2016. The following article is dated 2015-01-26, more than one year earlier, and captures some of the residents apprehensions, before the details about the project have become clear.

Guangyanli farewell– three generations living together, only separated by a few boards

Guangyuanli area is a bunch of one story houses in what seems like a patch of low-lying ground, surrounded by tall buildings. Almost every house has an addition built into it because the original house became too small for the occupants, and these expanded houses have caused narrow alleys to shrink further. Often the alley has boards that span its width, running across horizontally, at just under the height of a tall person. (photo)


It is not unusual there are to be two generations living in a house in which the bedroom, dining room, and living room are all one room. Many shantytown residents welcome the chance to move to better living conditions in a multi-story building, and they have high hopes for the renovation project. But their expectations are mixed with worry.

At one place there is a spare and economical two-story building, by the side of the road, with a low one-story house beside it. In front of the house is a small shack, thrown together with planks of wood. This is the Liu family’s storage space. There are many similar such shacks all around Guangyuanli. “The inside of the house is very small. It’s hard enough to accommodate all the people who live there, much less all of our stuff.” The Liu family house is altogether twenty square meters, and inside is piled high with things. Outside is bright daylight, but they need to have a lamp lit to illuminate the house. Their table is stood up against the wall to save space, and they only set it upright when they eat a meal.

Some ten years ago the older Mr Liu built the first addition to their house, an extra room. The reason was simple: his son had grown up, and parents and child could no longer sleep in the same room. Mr Liu’s neighbors did the same, changing what had been a small kitchen into a bedroom.

Fifty-two-year-old Mr Li is a long-time resident, “I have lived here since I was a few months old. Twenty years ago he added a small room of seven or eight square meters, and then another one that filled up his courtyard. Mr Li installed a shower and a toilet. Unlike the Liu house, his interior is not as dark, because he installed glass on the ceiling to reflect light. ”It’s much brighter in here, and [because he put in a toilet] I don’t have to go outside to go to the bathroom, but these improvements are still only a few.” Mr Li spoke with some pride of his additions, which he had designed himself.

Between the spare and economical building and the Liu family house, there is a garbage heap with all sorts of multi-colored refuse. One resident said, on rainy days rainwater flows out of the garbage heap, down the alley and into her house. Although she has cleaned after, and keeps her house neat and tidy, the walls and roof have many marks of repair, and she worries what will happen on the next rainy day. “It’s just not sanitary, I’m too close to that rubbage heap. I worry about all the things that might happen from the rainwater.”

There is no working drainage system. Whenever it rains, standing water accumulates. The residents often put sandbags in front of their houses, to stop the water from flooding in.

“Besides the water, the other big worry is fire.” One resident pointed out that if a fire broke out in these narrow alleys piled with things, or among these roughly built storage sheds, crowded up against each other, the fire trucks would have a difficult time getting in.

Following along Banbuqiao Street going south, there is a forest of construction cranes, busily at work, but beyond that activity ceases, and on both sides of the street are low-slung one-story houses, row after row. Some of these one-story buildings have become stores, some are small restaurants.

Wang Yude built a five meter square one- room shack in front of his house for his son to use as a bedroom.It is just big enough to hold a single bed and an electric heater. In Wang Yuse’s house the cold wind comes in through the cracks around the window frame. He has no heat, and the temperature inside is low. Wang Yude rubs his hands together and rocks back and forth to try and feel warm.

Mr Zhang does not like to recall life in the shantytown. At times five people were living in a house less than 25 square meters. Parents and children slept together. He and his wife had a room that was an add-on, with only a partition separating it from the rest of the house. “We were typical of shantytown residents –three generations under one roof, only a board separating our room from the rest of the house.”

Mr Zhang moved two years ago to an apartment in a very old two-story building, with his wife and child. “Since we now pay rent there is more economic pressure on us, but as my child grows up, we need to provide a room for him to study in.If we have to go and live with my parents again, it would be very inconvenient. Before we had a child, my wife and I would go for a stroll at night, or chat with the neighbors, waiting until my parents fell asleep before going back home.”

Mr Wang’s house is eighteen square meters. He added on, making it now twenty-four square meters. His son has a temporary job and lives in a dormitory. The son comes back home on weekends, but still goes back to the dormitory to sleep. There just isn’t enough room. Mr Wang looks forward to having a larger, brighter house–”Who would not want that? If we had a house like that, my son might be encouraged to find someone to marry.”

The Guangyuanli redevelopment project involves over 90,000 square meters, and 2500 households.

In the ninth month of last year, when the residential community staff member came to visit Mr Liu to check his household registration, measure the surface area of his house, and solicit his opinion on the project, Mr Liu did not hesitate: “I am in favor of it. Who would not want to move to a better house?

When asked, Mr Li raised both hands in approval saying, “I have lived here many years, but we all want to live in a multi-story building when the area is redeveloped.”

In the shantytown area there are several pit latrines, which asault people with acrid smells during the summer. When it rains raw sewage floats in the run-off. Mr Li, who is 69, said as he gets older these conditions become more difficult. “I have two wishes: one is not to have to go outside when I need to use the toilet, and the other is to have a place to take a bath inside my house. To live in a multi-story building, roomy and bright, with running water and heat, this is something an old person like me looks forward to.”

Ms Wang, 52, has lived here for 40 years. She added a kitchen and a bedroom to her small house. “There are some people who have moved away and rent out their houses, because the environmental conditions are getting worse. They get a little money for that.” She is looking forward to the redevelopment.

After the survey of his household, Mr Li has heard no further news. There has been little in the newspapers. “They have not sent anyone back to come and talk to us about the redevelopment standards.” He often stands at the entrance to his alley, talking with neighbors about the project. “We still don’t know how compensation rates will be determined, whether based on the number of people in the household, or on the surface area of our old homes.” Mr Li’s home is a bit better than most of his neighbors, as he has put in a shower, a toilet, and two bedrooms. “If it is based on surface area, our family will probably only get a one-room residence in the multi-story building [built on a site in the same neighborhood]. That won’t be an improvement for me, as I already have two bedrooms. Our new place won’t even have one bedroom.How can I call this an improvement?”

Mr Liu is wondering about the same thing. “If I only get a one room apartment based on surface area, that won’t be enough room for my family. If we all have to pay 10,000 to 20,000 yuan to purchase larger residences, most of the low-income people around here cannot possibly afford that much. If we get better homes but have no money left, we need to reconsider.”

If they take the option of moving out of the neighborhood they might get more living space, but Mr Liu is not giving up yet. “If we move to the suburbs we might get a bigger place, but there are many inconveniences about living there. Hospitals and traffic are two of the issues.”

Although the shantytown residents are full of hope about the redevelopment project, and even though they often despair about their current living conditions, they still feel reluctant to part with a place they have know for at least half a lifetime.

Residents moving back to Guangyuanli will get fully furnished rooms –all they’ll need is a suitcase of personal belongings, everything else will be there

After shantytown restoration, those residents who are returning to new housing built on site do not have to worry about rushing about figuring how to fix up their new residences. In the model room for the replacement project they can see exactly what the brand new walls, floorboards, and kitchen will look like.
Residents of Baizifang examine the model room


The one story houses that made up Baizifang and Guangyuanli have already disappeared without a trace. There is a flat patch of ground on which scattered brick and rubble remain,where soon a row of brand new buildings will tower overhead. Guangyuanli, in the Baizifang district of Xicheng, is undergoing one of the shantytown restoration projects in the area, involving 2137 households. The rate of those families who have signed contracts is at 97 percent.


Wang Xiaoqin, a resident of Guangyuanli whose house has been demolished, was one of the first to sign a contract. Auntie Wang signed early, and she moved out of her small two room house as soon as possible. She no longer needs to be troubled with the dirty and disorderly environment in which she previously lived. Auntie Wang told this reporter, as one of the earliest batch of residents to move out, she also received an inducement award and a subsidy, besides her compensation money for a new residence,. She is now renting two rooms in in the same neighborhood, and she is waiting for the shantytown renovation to be finished, so she can move into her new home.

photo: model of the redevelopment


Guangyuanli comprises 13.3 hectares, with over 1800 one-story buildings. Some are homes, some are buildings, but the area does not have many services. Most buldings were built in the 1950s. As shown in this photo, some buildings have already been demolished. There is one 18 story building which was built in the 1980s. The population is about 10,000. There are no schools, stores, or playgrounds, or other public facilities in the area.

In the model room, Auntie Wang can see exactly what her new home will be like. Seeing everything together in one set, she has no worries about having to fix up or change anything in her new place. She says since any home has to eventually be renovated after a number of years, so she will wait that long before changing things to better suit her taste. In fact, this reporter has learned that the new residences leave some leeway for the residents to decorate as they wish.

The Xicheng District Baizifang shantytown has been there for many years. The city has lagged in providing infrastructure, sanitation is poor, the space is cramped, the houses old. In Guangyuanli there is no plumbing, only ten or twenty pit latrines, which is especially inconvenient. For a long time the residents have been hoping for improvements to their living environment.

At present there is a ratio of one car per home. When the renovation is completed, each family will be guaranteed one parking space. 60 percent of the residents have chosen to come back to the same site, while the remaining 40% can choose between designated housing in either Jiugong town in Daxing, the Nanyuan Residential District in Fengtai, or Liangxiang in Fangshan.




4. Dazhalan Yangmei Zhuxie
In progress (2016). Because of a funding problem, only a section of residents have moved. The replacement housing for Yangmei Zhuxie is Zhangyicin in Fengtai, Huilongguan in Changping, and Tuanhe in Daxing.







Zhangyicin 张仪村
Huilongguan 回龙观
Tuanhe 团河

Dazhalan Yangmei Zhuxie 大栅栏杨梅竹斜街

Yangmei zhuxie street –protecting a 486 meter long historical and cultural district blending tradition and innovation

Reporter Li Bin, Zhang Manzi, Kong Xiangxin


konjaku: this an excerpt, not the whole article

This reporter is following the organic transformation undergone by Yangmei zhuxie street in the Qianmen neighborhood.

The thousand year old Yangmei zhuxie, although it is only 486 meters long, is comparable, in its historical and cultural significance, with the more famous examples of cultural preservation — Dashilanr (Dazhalan) Street and Liulichang. It too is becoming a distinctive pedestrian street.

Six years ago, a plan was formed to renovate Yangmei zhuxie, to preserve its historical elements and revive its culture. The key was to transform delicately without ruining the original character of the street.


Once many bookstores and presses lined up along this street. Those in the early modern period who were eagerly pursuing new forms of knowledge gathered here: Kang Youwei Tan Sitong, Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, Yang Xiaolou [see below]. Some lived here, others were frequent visitors.

The plan calls for those who leave, to leave voluntarily. Of 1711 households, 718 chose to move out. The remaining approximately 1000 residents have dispersed temporarily into household compounds. After moving out of their old households, the Beijing Dazhanlan company will implement the plan, using small-scale “micro-circulation” to bring about an organic development and transformation [as opposed to a big-development plan, tearing everything down and starting over].

Burying utility lines underground, restoring the guildhalls and the houses of famous people, laying brick and tile walkways, recovering the style of the past… this form of development, while transforming those areas that have become dangerous [excessive crowding or buildings near to collapse], preserves the original charm and tradition for the original inhabitants and the next generation.

Kang Youwei 康有为 leader of the failed Hundred Days’ Reform movement
Tan Sitong谭嗣同 politician, thinker and reformer, also a leader in the Hundred Days’ Reform movement
Liang Qichao 梁启超 pupil of Kang Youwei and prominent intellectual leader
Lu Xun 鲁迅 the preeminent Chinese novelist of the early 20th century
Yang Xiaolou 杨小楼 Peking opera actor and innovator


5. Shichahai project

This project is on the east side of the Shichachai historical and cultural zone. comprising 15.56 hectares, 296 buildings with courtyards,. Among these, there are 127 household compounds, and 170 businesses. This project involves 3567 residents in 1286 households.Total capital investment is 6.1 billion ($900 million) Construction will take four years, the principal task will be to renovate the sewage pipes and waste disposal system, and to redo the old buildings. They will utilize underground space to build a large scale parking lot,and regulate and bring up to standard the various businesses, making stores are selling high end, high quality works of art to the tourist trade.
In order to relieve congestion in the area, the Shichahai administrstion has started a pilot project, sending proposals to 4620 households asking them to move to housing outside Shichahai.. So far, the residents of 47 household compounds have agreed to move. When this pilot project expires at the end of this month (03-2017), the administration will study what further steps can be taken.
The mode of compensation is to choose one of two options, either replacement housing or a sum of cash to buy a new residence. If residents choose replacement housing, they will receive a unit of two rooms totalling 90 square meters.They will also receive an inducement award of 40,000 yuan per square meter, and a lump sum of 48,000 yuan. They will also receive a subsidy for setting up air-conditioning.
If they choose the cash option, they will receive the same inducement awards, and 5,8971 yuan per square meter.

konjaku: Various parts of Shichahai, an area around several lakes northwest of the Forbiddden City. a scenic and historical district also well-known for its nightlife, have been the subject of renovation plans and attempts in recent years. In 08-17 (when this is being written), two-story buildings doing business as open-air bars are being demolished. There is another pilot project to move and renovate historical buildings with courtyards, turning them into a “courtyard demonstration zone.”

Shichahai 什刹海

6. Baitasi (Miaoying temple) The White pagoda temple
In Baitasi Lane in Xicheng there are 13 non-conforming buildings that must be demolished according to the law. This is the one allowable project in the Baitasi cultural zone. Once these buildings are demolished, the resulting space will be turned into a parking lot, to alleviate the parking problem in the area.

Baitasi 白塔寺

7. 信达宣A-G地块 Zindaxuan A-G land parcels
The A-G land parcels in east Zindaxuan A public announcement has been made that bids are invited to transform structurally unsound buildings in the B parcel.

8. 棉花A6A7 A2A5地块 Mianhua the A6A7and the A2A5 parcels–taking bids to demolish certain dangerous buildings.

9. 桃园C地块 Taoyuan C Parcel: a bid has been accepted for a project to build an enclosing wall around a site where buildings were demolished, and to harden the ground inside

10. Xuanxibei, Xuanxi fengmao

Xixheng district has started the Xuanxibei shantytown transformation project. For Xuanxi fengmao various north parcels, compensation has been set at 61,998 yuan per square meter of existing building, and the designated replacement housing is Heshun jiayuan between the south 4th ring and 5th ring.
“We started surveying the residents 12-2014, and by 04-2015 we have gotten 90 percent approval for the project.” The official in charge told this reporter that they must guarantee voluntary cooperation of the residents, a transparent and fair process in which all the residents of a compound with courtyard agree to move. “If there are some compounds in which not all the residents agree to move, we will develop a specialized plan to renovate each of those compounds individually, according to the actual situation, including the surrounding roads and infrastructure.”



Xuanxibei 宣西北,
Xuanxibei fengmao 宣西风貌协调
Heshun jiayuan 合顺家园

photos of Heshun jiayuan:



11. 天桥演艺区北部平房区Tianqiao yanyi (performing arts) district
Improve the environment of the Northern Pingfang residential area in the Tianqiao yanyi (performing arts) district . This is in the inspection and planning stage.

12. 国家大剧院西侧项目 Western side next to the National Center for the Performing Arts housing and environment improvement project

Residents wil move out of dense neighborhoods of one story houses in a number of hutongs (alleys)such as Qianxiwachang, involving more than one thousand houses. Compensation will be a monetary payment to purchase a new residence, the amount of which will be coordinated through the government in terms of the price of possible housing available. The designated housing is in Kang’run Jiayuan (residential complex) in the Fengtai district, but spaces are limited, “the first to sign a contract, the first to select a new residence, the first to clear out of their old house, will have the best choices.”

photo: the National Center can be seen in the background


other views of the neighborhoodImg8069872_n.jpg


Residents’ reactions:
Some worry that if their neighbors sharing the same compound do not want to move, it will be hard for them to receive the inducement rewards
Many of the alleys around the National Center for the Performing Arts are over one hundred years old. Qianxiwachang alley dates from the Ming, it got its name from being at the entrance to a well-known tile factory. (Qian, in front of, xiwa, fine tile; chang, factory).In this alley there are a number of compounds with houses arranged around a shared courtyard. Many families squeeze in to share a single courtyard, as some residents have added annexes in any available space. The alley and the passageways in the compounds are very narrow, some only two meters wide. Seventy-year-old Mr Zhang said, “I do really want to move, but it is also hard to leave.” Mr Zhang calculated that his house is 20 square meters, which with the various types of compensation would give him altogether about 3 million yuan, which would allow him to easily buy two residences in the replacement housing complex.
Many old Beijingers living here don’t want to move. “I have lived here my whole life, and I don’t want to leave. Here it is easier to see a doctor, and easier for my granddaughter to go to school. However, the environment here definitely is inferior. I wish they would make improvements, keep things in good repair, and let us continue to live here.”
Those residents who have decided to leave have one worry: in a compound with shared courtyard, all those who live there must agree to move. But if one household doesn’t move out, maybe the others can’t leave either. They may not to be able to get their inducement awards.

Compensation: according to the project notification, this consists of a cash amount. If the residents make a request to acquire the designated replacement housing, the government will allocate money from the compensation amount to purchase the housing.
Amount consists of purchase price of resident’s current home, plus various awards and subsidies.
If a compensation amount is not enough to purchase the least expensive unit in the replacement housing, the amount necessary to complete the purchase will be provided, and will not displace any other awards or subsidies.
Qianxiwachang 前细瓦厂
Kang’run Jiayuan 康润家园


13.  project to protect and utilize the Dazhalan (Dashilar) Historical Culture Exhibition Hall. This project will requisition buildings, Numbers 2,4,6,8 on Yingtaoxie street, and pay compensation.

Dazhalan Historical Culture Exhibition Hall大栅栏历史文化展览馆
14. Project to protect and utilize the Wuxu Reform Memorial Hall (Hundred Days Reform 1898)
The compensation plan has been proposed and passed through the public vetting stage. Replacement housing will be Dongba Dandian second stage residential development in Chaoyang.

Wuxu Reform Memorial Hall 戊戌维新纪念馆

Dongba Dandian second stage 东坝单店二期

15.  The Beijing Kunqu opera theatre center.
220 houses, from Longzhaohuai alley to the east, South to Beijing number 15 middle school, west to Caisikou dajie (street) , north to Taoran Tinglu (road).

The Beijing Kunqu opera theatre center 北京昆剧艺术中心项目

Longzhaohuai alley 龙爪槐胡同
Caisikou dajie 菜市口大街
Taoran Tinglu (road)陶然亭路

16. Spare and economical buildings:
Xicheng Assistant Party Secretary said District Head Wang Shaofeng said that by 2020, all the spare and economical buildings in the district would be vacated and demolished. Because of questions of historical preservation and the red tape involved in levying land, this is taking a long time. The focus is old buildings in danger of falling down, buildings in cultural preservation areas, and buildings on plots of land near urban villages.As these are entered in the registration procedure gradually the backlog will be cleared. We must make the appeals of the people the priority, and build high quality and attractive replacement housing with an improved environment, widening and filling in the infrastructure and facilities to form a complete set of services for daily life.

17. Dashilanr zhuliang neighborhood improvement project

Dazhalan Zhuliang block will be renovated “in the old style”

Under the thirteenth five-year plan, the Dazhalan Zhuliang area will be renovated in a way that protects and preserves its historical form.

Qianshi (Money Market) Alley, and the former residence of Tan Xinpei [Beijing opera actor]will be vacated and turned into museums. Those residents who live in historical compounds sharing a courtyard will have their houses renovated.

Qianshi Alley is famous as Beijing’s narrowest street. Two people can barely pass each other as they walk through it. It is 55 meters long, but its average width is 70 centimeters, and in some places 40 centimeters. Nevertheless this was the financial center at the end of the Qing (1644-1911), Beijing’s earliest “finance street.” In the past, small private banks were lined up in great numbers here. Now, Qianshi Alley is filled with compounds occupied by many households, and among them there is no lack of illegal buildings.



The residents will all be moved out, the non-conforming buildings demolished, and the diseased buildings will be repaired. Buildings 1-10, which are historical relics, will be restored to their original appearance, at the same address, based on historical documents. In the future, private banks will reappear on Qianshi Alley. The other vacated buildings will be turned into a money and commerce museum.

The former residence of Tan Xinpei will be turned into a museum about historical drama.

front gate


from the outside


Tan Xinpei


The timetable to vacate the buildings is being drawn up. The project is slated to begin at the end of the first quarter of this year (2017).

To renovate compounds in the proper historical fashion, residents will have guidance.

In order to help Dazhalan residents restore their compounds, Xicheng district is providing a book of illustrations, which the residents can use as references.
A district official said, the main form of residences in Dazhalan was the quadrangle compound with a courtyard in the center (shiheyuan), but nowadays some compounds (dazayuan) no longer have this form. In response, Xicheng has put together the “Quadrangle compound plan and building committee,” inviting scholars and buildings specialists to contribute. These specialists wil survey existing compounds, and pick twenty as examples of how to properly restore buildings to the original quadrangle form, making illustrations of the process in a handbook. These handbooks wil be distributed to residents as samples of how to proceed with restoration.

Dazhalan Zhuliang 大栅栏珠粮街区
Qianshi (Money Market) Alley 钱市胡同
Tan Xinpei 谭鑫培
dazayuan multi-family compounds 大杂院
shiheyuan, shiheyuanr, qudrangle of residences with central courtyard 四合院

18. Also in Dazhalan Zhuliangjie, several projects:
Lang fang er tiao、Men kuang hutong, and Zhubaoshi street –buildings and building facades in this area will be renovated.

Langfang er tiao 廊房二条
Men kuang hutong 门框胡同
Zhubaoshijie 珠宝市街

photos of Langfang er tiao



the turquoise-colored square warns against carbon monoxide poisoning from unventilated coal heaters


19.  Fayuanshi (temple) pilot project
The focus is on fixing up two nearby hutong (alleys), preserving the historical and cultural features, while at the same time using creative ideas, building a suitable living environment to improve peoples’ lives.

Fayuanshi 法源寺

20. Debao number 7
Residents of the Debao number 7 shantytown will be relocated. Through a vote, they have agreed that the real estate price structure on new residences will be determined through a public drawing of lots, which will randomly make selections.
Debao number 7 德宝7号地

21. Tianning temple east side requisition project

The Tianning temple pagoda tower and the adjacent old industrial smokestack are a well known pair, the “two hots.” Both will remain in an industrial park called Tianning Number One Culture Science and Technology Park.





Tianningsi 天宁寺
two hots 二热

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