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Flames on Ghost Street

Minor fire draws onlookers on capital city's famed dining street

05·18·2017

This video, showing gusts of smoke above Beijing’s famed dining street, Dongzhimen Nei Dajie (known colloquially as Guijie or Ghost Street) was doing the rounds on social media this morning.*

The street has been the site of recent controversy. In 2014, authorities removed the street’s iconic lanterns over fears they might be a fire hazard. Earlier this month, the location was the site of extensive works to widen the road and remove street clutter, supposedly easing traffic, part of the Brickening, a wider movement to shut down unlicensed vendors and declutter alleyways that has seen many beloved Beijing establishments go to the wall.

 

*If any readers have a source, we’d be happy to attribute it here

 

Cover image from the video above

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