For centuries city dwellers in China have lived in hutongs - little communities built around a common area. This Beijing hutong was comprised of ramshackled dwellings whose doors opened up onto a narrow alley leading to a communal restroom and showers. The hutongs stand in stark contrast to the newer high-rise apartment houses that are springing up in Beijing, and those who live in them are among the poorest of Chinese citizens. This perfectly coiffed poodle riding in the basket of this woman's bicycle seemed very out of place.
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