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Demolishing Beijing's 'disorderly' development

A crane lifts concrete roof slabs from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A crane lifts concrete roof slabs from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A crane lifts concrete roof slabs from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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The former home of Zhu Xiangzhi stands roofless under the sky in a cluster of migrant dwellings during its destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. Zhu, a migrant worker from Anhui province, has been in Beijing for 20 years and makes a living collecting and separating trash for recycling. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The former home of Zhu Xiangzhi stands roofless under the sky in a cluster of migrant dwellings during its destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. Zhu, a migrant worker from Anhui province, has been in Beijing for 20 years and...more

The former home of Zhu Xiangzhi stands roofless under the sky in a cluster of migrant dwellings during its destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. Zhu, a migrant worker from Anhui province, has been in Beijing for 20 years and makes a living collecting and separating trash for recycling. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Wang Jun carries left-behind items she collected from vacated former migrant homes that are scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. Wang, a migrant worker from Henan province, makes a living in Beijing collecting and separating trash for recycling.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Wang Jun carries left-behind items she collected from vacated former migrant homes that are scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. Wang, a migrant worker from Henan province, makes a living in Beijing collecting...more

Wang Jun carries left-behind items she collected from vacated former migrant homes that are scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. Wang, a migrant worker from Henan province, makes a living in Beijing collecting and separating trash for recycling. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A toy parrot is left behind in a former migrant home before its demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A toy parrot is left behind in a former migrant home before its demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A toy parrot is left behind in a former migrant home before its demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Wang Jun reacts as she talks about her life as a migrant worker at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Wang Jun reacts as she talks about her life as a migrant worker at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Wang Jun reacts as she talks about her life as a migrant worker at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for their removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for their removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for their removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction as a trash collector drives past at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction as a trash collector drives past at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction as a trash collector drives past at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A woman removes furniture from her single-room unit in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A woman removes furniture from her single-room unit in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A woman removes furniture from her single-room unit in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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The children of migrant workers use a mobile phone outside their home in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The children of migrant workers use a mobile phone outside their home in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The children of migrant workers use a mobile phone outside their home in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for their removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for their removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers prepare concrete roof slabs for their removal from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A man loads his belongings onto the flatbed of a tricycle as he moves out of his unit in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A man loads his belongings onto the flatbed of a tricycle as he moves out of his unit in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A man loads his belongings onto the flatbed of a tricycle as he moves out of his unit in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Wang Jun collects left-behind items from vacated former migrant homes that are scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Wang Jun collects left-behind items from vacated former migrant homes that are scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Wang Jun collects left-behind items from vacated former migrant homes that are scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Zhu Xiangzhi smokes as he sits at the entrance to one of his two single-room units in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhu Xiangzhi smokes as he sits at the entrance to one of his two single-room units in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhu Xiangzhi smokes as he sits at the entrance to one of his two single-room units in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A curtain is left behind in a former migrant home that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A curtain is left behind in a former migrant home that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A curtain is left behind in a former migrant home that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Zhu Xiangzhi removes belongings from one of his two single-room units in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhu Xiangzhi removes belongings from one of his two single-room units in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Zhu Xiangzhi removes belongings from one of his two single-room units in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A crane lifts concrete roof slabs from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A crane lifts concrete roof slabs from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A crane lifts concrete roof slabs from former migrant dwellings before their destruction at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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The son of migrant workers listens to music on a mobile phone as he uses another to play a game outside his home in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The son of migrant workers listens to music on a mobile phone as he uses another to play a game outside his home in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The son of migrant workers listens to music on a mobile phone as he uses another to play a game outside his home in a cluster of migrant dwellings that is slated for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Trash and pieces of furniture are left behind in a vacated former migrant home that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Trash and pieces of furniture are left behind in a vacated former migrant home that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Trash and pieces of furniture are left behind in a vacated former migrant home that is scheduled for demolition at Dongsanqi village in the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Debris covers the ground where former migrant dwellings used to stand at the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Debris covers the ground where former migrant dwellings used to stand at the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Debris covers the ground where former migrant dwellings used to stand at the outskirts of Beijing. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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