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August 31, 2011

Hutong Robberies on the Rise

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 12:31 am

The city’s ancient alleyways are under threat by thieves that may be more sophisticated then they seem. By Kyle Mullin for Beijing’s City Weekend, Aug. 3 2011

Keiko Wong assumed she was safe nestled near the slender alleys of Daju Hutong. For the past two years she and her New York-born husband, Oliver Rockwell, often took their infant son for leisurely strolls down the serpentine streets preserved from China‘s dynastic eras, swapping gardening tips with neighbors they met along the way. The young family never felt the need to hide their bikes inside at night, instead leaving them outside, padlocked to a weathered old wall.

So Wong’s shock was numbing on the evening of Friday, July 15, when she and her 16 month-old son returned home to find their belongings torn from the shelves and scattered everywhere.






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