Layers of Beijing - Mr. Shi's Story
Saturday, May 4, 2019 15:00 to 17:30 Beijing Postcards, Yangmeizhu Byway (杨梅竹斜街97号）
Saturday, May 4, 2019 15:00 to 17:30
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“Layers of Beijing” creates a portrait of the time from 1949 to the present day, with an emphasis on the dramatic changes of the 1950s. Based upon interviews and archival research, we have made a portrait of Beijing from the perspective of those who have lived through the immense changes.
It has been an illuminating experience talking to people who remember the city before and just after the Communists arrival. Not long ago camels still carried in coal from the mines of Mentougou, the gigantic city walls were still in place. Wood-fired buses rambled through the streets in a flume of black smoke, and ration coupons were just as important as money in hand.
Our neighbor Mr.Shi knows because he was there.