hey, actually the majority of beijing residense do prefer living in the highrises, the compatablity of hutongs with household infrastracture is bad, they werent build for electricty, sewage, and centralised supplied water and etc. Its just the foreigners who critise it without even knowing whats going on. And in any case,if preserving the old is so important, then why dont we just all go back to the stone age and never advance our technology, or more extremely(but fit the philosophy of preserving), why dont we just burn everything we built and kill ourself just for the sake of preserving the old earth. My point is, we can't just protect the heritage just for the sake of it. and theres such thing in the world called "PROGRESS", those old building are going to be destroyed SOONER OR LATER, but if they have practical or artistic values then its fine, but others are gonna get destroyed eventually. so whats the point of getting rid of them now than later.rxpilot said:Unfortunately, because of the 2008 Olympics and other developments, Beijing is rapidly demolishing the old districts of Beijing - the historic hutongs...it's very sad to see these little courtyard homes disappear so rapidly.