Nobody Knows Where Chinese Culture Is Heading

In a headlong rush to modernise, China's people and traditions risk being left behind.
March 10, 2004, 7am PST | Zvi Leve
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The Chinese Communist Party has always used architecture to present its public image. In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is changing its public face and redefining its image: it wants to be "ultra-modern, the essence of cool, designed by the best the world has to offer with money as no object." But the new crop of "extreme buildings" are sweeping away large swathes of the old city.

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Published on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 in BBC News
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