Modernizing Traditional Chinese Homes in Beijing

Modernizing Traditional Chinese Homes in Beijing

Aaron Able
Jul 24, 2008

With the vast number of historic buildings being razed for the rapid growth of Chinese cities, a growing number of foreigners are investing in centuries-old, traditional Chinese homes. The New York Times shows us many examples of one-story courtyard homes being renovated with modern sensibilities and a respect for the building's materials and history...

With many Chinese citizens abandoning these very old homes for glass high rises (some by choice and some by government intervention), these renovations and investments in ancient properties are important in preserving an element of history in Chinese cities.

Read all about how these home owners are juggling the many foreign-ownership restrictions and zoning regulations: In Ancient Alleys, Modern Comforts and the many pictures in the slide show.

Images: Shiho Fukada for The New York Times

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