Skip to content

Village # 24, Xiaowayao-Wujia

April 11, 2019

Village #24 is Xiaowayao-Wujia village, Fengtai district, Lugouqiao township

小瓦窑吴家村 Xiaowayao-Wujia village

丰台区卢沟桥乡Fengtai district, Lugouqiao township

konjaku: apparently Xiaowayao village (“small pottery kiln”) and Wujia (“Wu family”) village are two villages adjacent to each other. At an earlier stage much of Xiaowayao was redeveloped, before the listed-up 50 villages project. The area referred to in the 50 villages project in 2009-2011 may be parts of both villages. I found very little information on this project.

Screen Shot 2019-04-10 at 7.55.16 PM.png

Screen Shot 2019-03-19 at 10.09.41 AM.png

(the Google satellite photo appears to show a number of tall buildings occupying the Xiaowayao village site, while Wujia village seems not yet developed)

Question: when will Xiaowayao Wujia village be demolished?

2 Answers.

Answer 1: 2011-11-23

“This year (2011) in the 4th and 5th months, it was already demolished.  They have already started building on the site.”

Answer 2: 2011-11-07

“The plan was done a while ago, and everything is ready to get moving. However, we have to wait for the high-speed rail construction to be finished, and be patient a little longer!”

Renovations to replacemnt housing in Fengtai


Xiaowayao village with more than 900 households, was designated part of the detached green zone in 1996, and the village was transformed.  The villagers moved to better replacement housing, located at three different addresses.


2019-03-06 Beijing City announced two new projects: a new section of Xiaowayao villagers replacement housing including a kindergarden, and a science education facility.

konjaku: the following article is about the part of Xiaowayao village which have already been transformed, in 1996. However, it is an interesting look at how residents’ needs are changing. There was previously in Beijing a law that buildings under 12 stories could not have elevators. But as the population has aged, the law was changed.

Xiaowayao villagers replacement housing undergoes “surgery” –12 older buildings add new elevator towers

For the past few days, in Fengtai district Liguoxiao township, the Xiaowayao village replacement housing buildings have been undergoing surgery. Every single unit is “growing” its own elevator. The 21 years of the villagers walking up and down is coming to an end. For the twelve buildings there will be 83 elevators installed, in batches over this year and next year.


At one entrance, six exterior elevator shafts tower above us. Workers in hardhats are rushing here and there, the roar of an excavator fills the air. “I never believed this old building would be reborn, and that I will no longer have to struggle up and down the stairs, but can ride in comfort!” Zhang Huiqin, a resident, beamed.  At her age, her legs are no longer agile, and it is difficult for her and her husband to walk up and down. “”Waiting for the elevator to be completed, is like anticipating our golden wedding anniversary, “ said Zhang Huiqin and her husband, Li Changhou.

In 1996 the 900 households of Xiaowayao village moved to replacement housing in three different locations nearby. The buildings were mostly six-story. At that time, putting in elevators was not standard. The villagers “moved up” to better residences but “moving up or down” was difficult. With the aging of the village population, some 800 of them are over 60 years old, and 80 villagers are handicapped, giving urgency to the problem.

Installation of elevators began 2016-03. The village collective put up the capital. In two months they will continue the project in the other two buildings.

But if the money problem has been solved, this does not mean everything will go smoothly. Previously when the villagers were surveyed, there were some who did not assent. Basically,  first-floor residents had a different opinion from the rest. They felt that adding the exterior elevator shafts would lessen their access to light and fresh air, and they would get little benefit from elevators they would hardly ever use. In order to persuade the residents on lower floors to agree to the project, the village party members called a conference with the village representatives and the construction company representatives, appealing to the lower floor residents to take the initiative and be the first to sign agreements. At the same time, the village cadres and representatives formed a work team and went door-to-door to persuade people to sign on. 

But ideology alone did not persuade, it was seeing the benefits of elevators with their own eyes that brought the villagers around. Nearby Zhangyi village had several recent dozen elevators. The Xiaowayao villagers went in groups to visit, and experience them first hand. Some villagers began to understand the need for elevators, and gradually the opposition faded away.

Once the job started, what has been taking the most time is the infrastructure. “Each elevator shaft needs a foundation of twelve cubic meters of reinforced concrete. Water, sewage and gas utility pipes underground all have to be re-routed,” construction director Li Zhensheng told this reporter. “Elevators consume more electricity, this has to be provided too.” After four months, sox elevator shafts had been completed. Xiaowayao Party Branch Secretary Liu Chunhua said, 

 “After the elevators are done, the outside of the buildings will be replastered, new windows put in, and new layers of insulation will be added, to make the buildings more attractive and functional. In addition, the whole district will be renovated: the surrounding area will be greenified, parking spaces put in, and there will be a city administration website at the service of residents.”

 Reporter Wu Di’she

konjaku: further reference:

This snippet on Wujia village suggests that in the more recent renovation the villagers got high compensation payments and more than one new residence when they moved. (So they could live in one residence, and rent out the others.)

Sudden wealth from compensation payment, gambled away in the wink of an eye

Excerpt: 66 year old Mr Guo, in 2011, received three new residences and 2.2 million yuan in the Fengtai district Wujia village transformation. According to him,  “Some households received as much as 10 million yuan. To be sure, if these families had lived ordinary lives there wouldn’t have been a problem. But many, within several years, had not a penny left to their name.  Some kept mistresses, or divorced and remarried multiple times, others gambled their money away in Macao. Some even had to sell their replacement residences to get by.”

From → Uncategorized

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: