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When we are all rich

The metamorphosis of Beijing's urban landscape is so shattering that maps become obsolete in a matter of days. The old hutongs, traditional districts with ground floor houses, are being swept aside by skyscrapers and their inhabitants face an enforced exile to the outskirts of the city. Beijing reeks of money, of an unstoppable city which is devouring itself and spewing out cement, dollars and people. Because 'China will be even greater', say the youngsters glued to their mobile telephones, 'when we are all rich.'
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