The ritual of fire to ward of the spirits.
Life so often spills out on the street. This tiny room shows why.
Girl eats her noodles after school.
Another area is getting demolished. The rubble forming a perfect playground.
Life goes on.
Young girl playing in a small entrance where eggs are sold.
Nearby this guy takes a break and has a snooze.
Surprised by my camera, but did not appear to mind.
A discarded poster makes a great foreground for the dilapidated housing beyond.
Nice weather guarantees that work will happen outside.
This guy was one of the last to stay in the this housing block. Here he still tends the remains of his garden.
This guys home is nestled in the alleyways around Hongzhen Lu.
Many of the Hutongs (Alleys) will have a cobbler at the end to fix shoes. This guy is still there and is always happy to have his picture taken.
Prostitution is rife amongst the alleyways.