While Chinese are rightly proud of their country's economic expansion and increasing influence in world affairs, skyscrapers, widened streets, and modern housing have made unrecognizable many of the hutong neighborhoods that were the traditional backbone of Chinese cities.
But away from the frenetic new urbanization, some of these communities still remain, and day-to-day street life continues much as usual, with cottage industries hard at work, children playing everywhere, and card games and gossip on the corner. In these fast-disappearing areas, it is easy to forget the clamor and the traffic jams - the world is small, and the days are ordinary, businesses like the tailor and the egg-pancake lady making daily trade, as they always have.
Humanitarian Issues and Cultural Tradition Worldwide
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