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