Day 101: Behind the Door

Abandoned building on the edge of s hutong, southwest of Tienanmen.

Abandoned building on the edge of s hutong, southwest of Tienanmen.

I wandered from the crowds in Tienanmen to the Soloist Coffee shop in a nearby hutong for a mug of the best coffee in Beijing. Afterwards, I zigged and zagged through the hutong, working my way south, avoiding the main commercial strip, when I happened upon this empty, old building.  The metal doors had a small, square opening on the left; I walked up the steps and peered in.

Here is what I saw:

Interior courtyard.

Interior courtyard.

 

 

This man appeared to be living in this old building; here he finishes shaving, checking his reflection in the dirty glass.

This man appeared to be living in this old building; here he finishes shaving, checking his reflection in the dirty glass.

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