View from Asia

China hurtling toward Beckham fix

March 8, 2013
By John Duerden
A walk around Shanghai is a walk around a fast-changing metropolis. Beijing may pride itself on its history but in the capital too the old ways are fading along with the hutongs. Among the skyscrapers and the shopping malls is a faint air of regret that China is losing something, not that anyone in the cities has the time or space to sit back and ever wonder what that may be.

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