Dana, my Chinese tutor, is an avid photographer. She’s a small spark plug of a women who builds some of her own cameras and knows all the most interesting places in Changsha. I followed her around for an evening after one of our tutoring sessions, here are some of the better pictures from that night.
Dana pointed out this character spray painted on an old fence. She told me that the character (拆, chāi) marks buildings the government has decided will be torn down. Often these building are old apartment buildings with families that don’t necessarily want to move out. In their place newer skyscrapers will be built. Dana said that the families had gotten a fair price for their property and that they were lucky because that wasn’t always the case in Chinese cities.