Building Restoration

On this page you will find all the articles that cover the subject of restoration, including those projects dealing with monuments, parks and other areas of cultural or historical significance.

The definition of building restoration is the process of restoring a building to it’s original condition. However this concept is still fairly new in China. Major UNESCO sights such as the Great Wall or Forbidden City are good examples of Chinese building restoration. Yet when strolling around the older parts of any major Chinese city, it becomes apparent that individual building restoration is less favoured compared with the more cost effective ‘knock-down and rebuild’ approach, often used for an entire area. In Beijing for example, if you stroll around the Dongsi hutongs to the north of the capital, it’s possible to uncover some of the more genuine restoration projects, such as the Red Capital Club and Residence and Nanluoguxiang. However if you walk along the pedestrianised street of Qianmen in the city centre youll find yourself in a far more commercialised “restoration” project.

If you’ve come across an article about, or a had a personal experience with a restoration project in China that you would like to share with us, feel free to contact us.

Beijing's Dongsi Area as an Example of Building Preservation

Beijing’s Dongsi Area as an Example of Building Preservation

Red Capital Residence I was lucky to find myself living in close proximity to one of the few protected areas in Beijing when I first moved here in 2010; the Dongsi 东四 area in Dongcheng district. The 14 hutongs (traditional Beijing alleyways) in this area are under a high level of preservation protection thanks to some innovative courtyard restoration projects that… Read more →