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“Friends of Old Beijing” Phase II Progress Report

January 20 | 50 new volunteers joined our FoOB team to survey some of the protected areas. Each volunteer was responsible for seven hutong investigations.

Mid-March | We received the first batch of surveys – about 200 in total – conducted by CHP volunteers. A number of volunteers came to our office and helped us with data entry work and statistical analysis.

This month | Other than collecting and recording the surveys, we are  also compiling the data into a report. Some of the information gathered has supplemented incomplete parts of our report, while other information helps touch upon protection issues of Old Beijing. We also organized volunteers to collect information and conduct interviews for separate research about the laws and regulations, construction, planning, and other such areas in order to identity feasible solutions and make recommendations.

Past Volunteer Activities:

December 22 | After the volunteers completed a series of investigations, we held an event to share results and work on team building skills. All participating teams not only shared results, but also contributed survey and interview methods as well as their own thoughts and experiences. Through this event, each team member became more familiar with each other and Old Beijing. This was a good way for us and our volunteers to chat and explore new opportunities.

January 20 | CHP volunteers took a break from our FoOB work by seeing a Beijing Opera. This also was a great opportunity for volunteers to immerse themselves in traditional Beijing culture.

March 29 | We took volunteers on a tour of Beihai Park. The weather was not exactly ‘spring’ like, and the fog and moist air gave the park the feeling of Jiangnan Water Village. We visited the Round City, crossed the Yong’An Bridge, climbed over to Jade Island, and took pictures in front of the Nine Dragon Wall. The natural scenery was breathtaking. We went for snacks and and shared our thoughts and feelings about Chinese history and culture. Everyone’s statements were very moving. We are certain that the volunteers who were unable to join us also have a lot of thoughts and observations and we look forward to hosting more activities for them to share.

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