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Friends of Old Beijing: Program Updates

In September 2007, we began preparing for Phase II of our “Friends of Old Beijing” project by recruiting volunteers and creating surveys. By mid-October, we had already received application forms from many passionate volunteers, which have moved and inspired us.  This shows us that more and more people are aware of the condition of the old town of Beijing and that they are willing to work with us and contribute their own strengths and skills to help preserve it.  We divided the volunteers into 10 groups and assigned each to different preservation districts.

In late October, we organized two trainings sessions for our volunteers.  We invited law and city planning experts, as well as Wang Jun, author of “City Record.”  These training sessions not only taught the volunteers how to conduct the surveys, but also excited them for their upcoming tasks.  Through these sessions, we were able to instill in them a sense of belonging through communication and interaction to make them feel like they are a part of the community and not just volunteers from the outside.

After one month of hard work, we are 80% complete towards completing Stage One of our “Friends of Old Beijing” project – hutongs in the preservation districts.

In December, we held a volunteer meeting with the subject “sharing the achievements and buildings our teams.” The volunteers began to “claim” their 6 to 7 hutongs for the survey in the area out of the preservation districts. We also held a concluding meeting for our volunteers for the first stage of surveying. The topic discussed was “Sharing Achievements and Buildings Teams.” We then moved on to the next step of our project, which is to survey hutongs outside of the preservation districts.

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