Seeking Preservation in Beijing

Wang Jun, author of two best-selling books on urban history and planning in China, became an advocate of historic preservation after watching Beijing's old city destroyed and rebuilt as skyscrapers.

CNN interviewed Jun about his views on China's modernization.

Jun (talking about his books):" I tried to answer what is pushing the biggest urbanization in human history? How did it happen? Many problems mentioned in these two books are not unique to China. Beijing was a densely populated city that was suitable for walking. And yet more roads, gated communities and giant shopping centers are being built. People have to drive around to get things done."

Full Story: Old Beijing disappearing under the steamroller of modernization


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