Notes on the Geography of China: Beijing: Hutong, Siheyuan, and Highrises: Photo 15
Want to save all this? One observer, quoted in the Christian Science Monitor in 2001, said: "I think it's a little romantic to speak of saving them. You only need to watch an elderly grandmother walking across thick ice at 5 a.m. to go to the public toilet to be dispelled of this idea." A resident who rented two rooms with her husband, son, and in-laws told the same reporter: "We've lived here since 1982, and we don't want to wait any longer for a toilet. The building is falling apart."
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