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Village #25, Baipenyao

July 2, 2019

Village #25 is Baipenyao.

 Baipenyao village白盆窑村

Fengtai district, Huaxiang township 丰台区花乡

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konjaku: According to an article in the South China Morning Post, on November 2018, Beijing city auctioned off 12 land plots. The “ two sites in the Fengtai district” referred to in the article are plots of Baipenyao village land.

South China Morning Post

Zheng Yangpeng

Published: 4:32pm, 27 Nov, 2018

The Beijing government’s partial easing of controls on the property market has helped it score record land sales in a single day.

Twelve out of 13 land sites were successfully auctioned off by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Planning and Natural Resources on Monday, earning a total of 31.6 billion yuan (US$4.55 billion) for the city government, and the highest single day record in history.

One of the 12 sites was sold at a 49.3 per cent premium over the starting price, with the remaining lots sold at 26 per cent to zero premium, according to property agent Centaline Beijing. One site failed to draw any interest.

The results come after the city government allowed buyers, for the first time, to pay just one deposit to take part in bidding for all the sites. Authorities also lifted the requirement – for certain plots – in which developers must allocate at least 70 per cent of the floor space for flats that are smaller than 90 square metres to ensure they build more affordable homes.


Analysts said the city government’s relaxation of curbs on developers helped in closing a number of the deals.

For instance, the price cap for flats to be developed on two sites in Fengtai district, which failed to draw any buyers in January, was raised to 67,702 yuan per sq m, compared with the previous 43,000 yuan to make the homes affordable to middle and lower-income buyers.

The sites were sold at 25 per cent and 26 per cent premiums to two subsidiaries of China Railway Engineering Corporation.

“The adjustments in the nature of the property developments and price caps have allowed for better profit prospects for buyers. The future selling prices will be higher, but the eligible buyer pool has also become bigger, so developers are more willing to take on the sites,” said Guo Yi, chief analyst at Beijing-based property marketing firm Heshuo.

Beijing’s sluggish property market to face a glut with planned sale of 66 land sites in the ‘near term’

konjaku: it seems that one of the goals of these land sales is to achieve a record price, no matter what the state of the market. In the case of the Baipenyao village plots, “the price cap for flats to be developed on two sites in Fengtai district, which failed to draw any buyers in January, was raised to 67,702 yuan per sq m, compared with the previous 43,000 yuan to make the homes affordable to middle and lower-income buyers.” In other words, previously potential buyers had to commit to building a certain amount of residential housing for which they could charge no more than 43,000 yuan per square meter, to expand the affordable housing stock. However that restriction was raised to 67,702 yuan to make the site more attractive, as the price a developer could charge for housing would generate higher profits. In the end the China Railway Engineering Corporation, a state-owned company, paid 25% over the initial offering price for the land.

However six years earlier,  in 2012, when demolition of the village began, there was resistance.

Fengtai district Hua township Baipenyao village head Wang Chunyan led a group to forcible demolish homes in violation of the law! The evil strategy behind these actions!

2011-11, demolition of Baipenyao village begins –now two years later it continues with this forcible demolition

2012-05 The village head Wang Chunyan and Wang Jinrui led a party of 200 unofficial public security personnel to destroy the house of one 45 year old woman.  They beat her, stripped off her clothes to humiliate her, and beat her children savagely. An old person was thrown to the ground and had his arm cut with a knife, and spent a month in the hospital. Another old person who went to the hospital came back to find his house destroyed, and has no home to go to even today. In our village there are many whose houses have been demolished, and have experienced tragedies!

Though the people meet with disaster and shed tears, neither the state, the township, nor the district government pay any attention. To the village cadres, I would like to ask, is this the harmonious society advocated by Xi Jinping? Whether or not you have old people or children in your family, as village cadres, have you ever thought of doing good deeds without looking for credit? A good watchdog guards the three villages, what about you?

2012-09-12.  at 7 in the morning, the Baipenyao village committee leading a team of several hundred members,  dragged me and my family out of our house, and unlawfully held us in detention for over four hours, during which time they demolished our house. The local police and the city government did nothing. We ask that good-hearted people post here with suggestions as to what we can do.

photo: after the demolition village leaders laugh and relax together


konjaku: from the same blog page:

Baipenyao village is being savagely demolished by force. The replacement housing is not built yet, instead,  Secretary Wang Chunyan, and village head Yu Liancheng, have stolen huge sums, and are using the people’s money to buy luxury compounds and villas in Hainan for themselves. The demolition process started a year ago, and the displaced residents who have no replacement housing to move into, now number over one hundred families. Besides forcibly demolishing homes and beating up people, they have bribed the Huaxiang courts, so who knows whether we can get justice or not?

Our case so far:  The Huaxiang court dismissed our lawsuit, so we appealed to the Beijing Number Two People’s Court. The village procedures are obviously illegal; the  Huaxing court realized this, but under pressure of the local government they did not render a decision. If the court decided in our favor, it would displease the local authorities. If they made us lose, this would be too obviously an unjustifiable result. In its recent session the central government issued strict injunctions against corruption, therefore the Huaxiang court did not dare to simply heed the local government and reject our suit: that might draw the attention of the central authorities.

Our situation: I married my husband in 2010-01. In 2011-12 we vacated our house in Baipenyao, but my household registration did not transfer over. Nevertheless, our marriage was acknowledged in the settlement. However, now I am not being granted housing, but it is instead going to his former wife that he divorced, because she has a close connection to a higher-up in the demolition and relocation office. Those two have obstructed us at every turn, and in 2012-09 we filed suit, three months later the Huaxiang court refused to accept and hear the case, saying it was not in their jurisdiction. Is it possible we the common people have no means to seek the redress of injustice? The laws are all established by the bureaucrats, and they use those laws to help each other, I only ask for impartiality and fairness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

konjaku there are several other blogs that come up in a search with similar content, but they have been erased. The following is from a website of a law firm advertising their services, so it is no surprise that here the case ended triumphantly. I have cut out some florid verbiage.

Anchun and Zhangwei (pseudonyms) were granted a divorce in the Fengtai district Peoples’ Court in 2003. During the time they were married they lived in a household compound in Baipenyao village. The house and land were owned by Zhangwei’s father. As part of the settlement, Anchun was allotted ownership of two rooms in the southern building in the compound. 

In 2011-12, Baipenyao, which was one of the listed-up villages in Beijing’s urban-rural unification project, entered into the process of demolition and relocation of residents. The relocation was handled by the Baipenyao Real Estate Development Corporation. When the demolition and relocation began, Anchun brought a copy of the divorce settlement to the Corporation office, claiming her status as a relocated person eligible for compensation for her share of the property. However, since they could not reach an agreement, both sides were not able to complete a demolition and relocation compensation agreement.

2011-12-13, the Corporation, pressed to move as quickly as possible,  bypassed Anchun and secretly got a contract agreement with Zhangwei ‘s father, Zhang Zhiguo. Once in hand, they hastily and without further considerations  entirely demolished the house. Zhang Zhiguo.received 6.23 million yuan outright, and passed on 50,000 yuan to Anchun, through a representative of the village committee.

Seeing that almost the entire compensation amount was being monopolized by her former father-in-law, Anchun in 2012-03 engaged the top “defending rights” lawyer Wang Guoxiang, to try and recover for her some of her property rights from disappearing entirely.

2012-03, Wang Guoxiang filed a lawsuit in Fengtai district People’s Court, against Zhang Zhiguo.and Baipenyao Real Estate Development Corporation, asking the court to declare the compensation agreement between these parties null and void. In the court hearing, Wang Guoxiang argued that 1) a compensation agreement which did not include Anchun, a property owner of a part of the site in question, with rights under the law, was illegitimate 2) if the two defendants named in the suit conspired with malice to deprive the plantiff of her rights, that action would render any contract they made with another party null and void, according to contract law. The Baipenyao Real Estate Development Corporation was fully aware of Anchun’s rights, because she presented them in advance a copy of the divorce agreement. Both the Corporation and Zhang Zhiguo willfully ignored Anchun’s rights in signing a contract, which itself is proof of malicious intent.

2012-09-17, the court  found that the rights of the plaintiff Anchun had been ignored, and that the contract signed by the two defendants was not valid. The plaintiff’s arguments carried the day. Not only did Anchun win a favorable judgement, but as a result the Corporation representative reopened negotiations with her, and gave her in negotiation a much higher and more acceptable figure. Her long-awaited goal was coming into reach…

konjaku: the next news of Baipenyao jumps forward five years. At this point, it appears that replacement housing has been built and the demolition and relocation process is finally being completed. From the description, Baipenyao was quite a large village, which must have made everything more complicated. The focus of these two articles is not really the village, but a commercial area south of the village, which is being cleared out to make way for an Exposition Park and a new urban zone.

Fengtai district Baipenyao vicinity –buildings demolished to add 161 square meters to the green zone


2017-04-22.  Baipenyao village is between the fourth and fifth rings in Beijing. In recent years, various types of low-end industries have operated there,  thirty-eight in all, taking up 960 thousand square meters. In conjunction with the effort to relieve congestion in Beijing these are being cleared out. The last of these is a group of warehouses that function as a goods distribution center. Once these are dismantled the disorderliness will disappear, and the area will add 161 square meters to a green zone.

 The warehouses are to the south of Baipenyao village. On the 21st, this reporter went to visit, and found a number of large excavators already noisily a work, tumbling down a row of old storehouses.

The village Party Branch Secretary Yu Liancheng said that the project of demolishing the warehouses began in 2017-02. The buildings occupy an area of 480,000 square meters, and he estimates it will take till the end of the 6th month to finish.

Baipenyao village comprises 401 hectares,  of which residences are 479,000 square meters, non-residences 966,000 square meters.  There are 5271 registered residents, of whom 3984 are in the work force, and close to 30,000 workers from elsewhere who rent. The inverted population ratio is 1:6 (six migrants to every one resident).

As a typical case of urban and rural conglomeration, there are some 1125 buildings which rent out their space for all kinds of purposes. In conjunction with the effort to clear out congested areas in Beijing, the village has repeatedly had talks with the industries and businesses here, and had signed agreements for them to move and demolish the buildings. Starting in 2016, they started the process of shutting down businesses that sell and distribute building materials, automobile parts, hardware, and other sundries. They are clearing out businesses, sealing off the entrances to the area, dispersing the 30,000 migrant workers, and moving the village residents to new residential complexes.


In the future, Baipenyao village will turn into an ecological green area, but in the midst of this will be high tech industries, innovative, trail-blazing companies, headquartered in the 161 square meter plot. Altogether 7.97 hectares will become a central hub with an underground shopping mall, office buildings, restaurants, and public housing.

On 2017-11-07, this reporter went to the Baipenyao village site previously occupied by warehouses, which had been cleared out. It was now an open expanse of cleared land, covered with a green tarp. Previously here there was a distribution center of books for Beijing’s major publishers, later it was a place where pharmaceuticals were stockpiled for delivery. Now it is cleared away, and because it is late autumn, it is covered with mats, to keep the wind from blowing up the dust and causing pollution. 

The Fengtai district government earmarked this Baipenyao village set as part of the city-wide effort “to clear out congestion” in Beijing. Since there was 320,000 square meters, it took eight months to complete demolishing the buildings and clearing the area.

“Previously this area was a mess. Around the margins there were many small tradespeople and peddlers. The roads were narrow, the volume of activity in the warehouses very large, making for a perpetual traffic jam. You could make a turn, and unexpectedly come to a complete stop; at peak times in the early morning one could be stuck for two or three hours without moving.” So said villager Ms Yang Guanli. “ Now it is better, with the warehouses all the trucks are also gone,  it is now possible to drive without getting stuck. I don’t have to worry when I want to drive somewhere anymore.”

The Huaxiang township CP committee vice-secretary and township head Peng Songtao said, “We are in the process of constructing the Huaxiang Flowering Plant Historical Exposition Park on the site. This will be an ecological tourism destination, a garden with exhibits on flowering plants from the standpoint of both culture and scientific research. This will be Huaxiang’s contribution to the greening of Beijing!”

According to the Baipenyao general secretary Yu Liancheng, the Huaxiang Flowering Plant Historical Exposition Park  is the result of the 2018-2019 policy to “reserve cleared land while increasing the green space,” and will consolidate 800 years of flower raising culture, a tradition in this area. They will plant 30,000 maples, elms, peony-trees and crepe myrtles, and flowering plants to create a riot of dazzling colors and competing blooms,  such that visitors will lose themselves in their happiness.

This reporter interviewed villager Zhao Hongxi, who was radiant with joy. He said, “I lived in this neighborhood of warehouses, and I could not go for a stroll before, but now I just turn a corner and I’m at a large and handsome park, perfect for strolling. ”

Baipenyao village is a shining example of the effort to clear congestion. This year Huaxiang township will continue its activities to shut down illegal businesses, clear away peddlers and food sellers on roadsides and sidewalks, and get rid of pollution and disorder.  The Huaxiang of the future will be a place the common people can enjoy, like a beautiful spring day  with the fragrance of flowers, and flying bees and butterflies.

Reporter: Trainee Xu Wei

On 2018-10-13, Party District Secretary Wang Xianyong set out to inspect the greening of Huaxing, which was happening at the residents’ doorsteps.

First he went to Baipenyao village, examining how Baipenyao had planted an extensive garden in the space cleared after the warehouses were removed. Baipenyao is near the southern 4th Ring,  close to the Fengtai Science and Technology Park, the new Tiantan Hospital, and the Beijing-Shanghai high speed rail. In an area of 400 acres they have planted 100,000 plants, covering 70 percent of available space, with a ratio of 309.77 square meters of green space per individual resident.

konjaku: the replacement housing for Baipenyao village is a complex called Baipenyao Tianxingjiayuan. It looks quite large, and has 1507 residential units. The following articles fall into the category of “daily life,” for residents of this complex as they adjust to the urban environment.

Baipenyao Tianxingjiayuan 白盆窑天兴家园     






Over 50 types of fruits and vegetables! A vending machine in Huaxiang is very popular

You may have seen a vending machine selling drinks, or one selling snacks, but have you ever seen a vending machine selling fruits and vegetables? Recently the Baipenyao Tianxing Jiayuan residential complex has tried this experiment, and it has really “settled in.” Residents no longer have to go to the supermarket,  or farmer’s market, but can buy fruits and vegetables practically at their doorstep, which has led to paeans of praise.

Bananas, grapes, spinach, young  garlic shoots…in less than a minute, you can buy whatever you need. It has oranges, kiwi, peaches, tomatos, cucumber, and potatoes. There is ginger, garlic, and dried tree ears, altogether fifty types of fruit and vegetables for sale. Best-sellers are seasonal fruits such as grapes, jujubes, and dragonfruit.


Resident Chen said, “I usually get off work pretty late in the evening, and the markets are closed, so getting fresh fruits and vegetables this way at any time of day or night is very convenient.

At present, there are four vending machines in the residential complex.  Each machine has a payment screen in the center, and one pays with one’s phone, using either Weixin or Alipay. You simple choose the item you want on the screen, press “pay,” and select the payment method. When your payment is received, you open the window and take your item. This reporter bought jujubes for 16.9 yuan. The process took less than a minute, and the jujubes were nice and cold in my hand.


The vending machine is kept between 0 and 10 degrees celcius inside, and the stock is replenished once or twice a day. The vendor also uses the Weixin app to check on the machines in real time, to make sure the interior temperature is constant, and that there is enough stock. If 70% of the items are sold out, they dispatch a delivery right away.

“If there is something wrong with the product, or if the consumer has any kind of problem, he or she can contact the vendor, and the vendor promises to resolve the problem within an hour. In the future, old people will be able to use their own payment card to purchase, and get a 20 percent discount,” a company representative said. 

In the near  future, The Fengtai District Commerce Committee will do a study tour of the Baipenyao Tianxing Jiayuan residential complex and surrounding neighborhood,  to see if the vending machines as they are now are fully suitable to local conditions, and whether any improvements are necessary.

note: Weixin is the mainland China version of WeChat.

Fengtai Huaxiang: Horticulturist in her spare time, teaches that with “one basin of water”  residents can care for the green areas


The Caoqiaoxinyuan community invited a horticultural specialist to come and lecture on the care of plants. She explained to the residents the scientific method for watering plants. The residents were impatient to use their newly acquired knowledge, and set off to water the plants in their communities. Residents from local communities, including Baipenyao Tianxingjiayuan, organized groups to water, to tidy the grounds, and to post signs saying, “Please do not climb trees to pick the fruits or flowers.” When the community called for volunteers, many enthusiastic older aunts and uncles, many vigorous young people, and many children as well, came forward. Party members and volunteers, the backbone of the community, reported for duty fully prepared, and each with their one basin watered the vegetation to beautify the community.



Baipenyao Tianxingjiayuan community organizes young woman residents to launch a DIY home manufacture project




To enrich the cultural life of residents, enhance connections between neighbors,  popularize science and spread scientific knowledge, and heighten the ability to work with one’s hands, a group of women residents are participating in a DIY lipstick manufacturing project.

At the scene, the teacher introduces the women to the materials and manufacturing process, in order that they can get started in creating their own unique lipsticks. The students listen attentively,  work with seriousness, and in the end  successfully make their own lipsticks, giving them a feeling of achievement.

Through this kind of activity, residents make new friends, and together build a harmonious community.


On 04-29, Baipenyao Tianxingjiayuan residents came to the open space at the local police station, to start a group project on the lawful and civilized way of raising dogs. At the site, staff members handed out a written proposal on rules for dogs in the community. For the convenience of residents, police were on hand to register pet dogs on the spot. 

This is an example of residents exercising their self-autonomy,  in getting together to recognize the responsibilities involved in raising dogs, and agreeing on the rational methods to raise dogs in a civilized way.


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