Another great entry in the Ctrip China Travel Photo Contest, this image comes from Luca (luca64 ex jacopo2006) on Flickr.
These two old boys are enjoying a round of Xiangqi or Chinese Chess on the street in Beijing's Dazhalan district. Dating back to 1488 and the Ming Dynasty, the area is filled with old and well-preserved cultural heritage buildings. It's also home to more than thirty century-old firms and stores such as Tongrentang, Neiliansheng, Ruifuxiang, and Liubiju--Dazhalan was once the most bustling commercial center in the capital. Today, the 300 meter stretch of hutong has been renovated and rebranded as a pedestrianized shopping street, remaining a popular draw for tourists. How popular? Read on after the jump...
So popular that as many as 80,000 people pass through the street each day. This goes up to a staggering 200,000 in the national holidays, prompting the government to include a Dazhalan entryway to the complex of underground tunnels that lie below Beijing, to ensure shoppers can be quickly evacuated in case of emergency and live to spend another day.
For more great photos from Luca check out his Flickr photostream.
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