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It's a quiet afternoon in Beijing, as it has been for every afternoon for nearly a thousand years. Rickshaws whisk by, tinkling their bells as grannies sweep with twig brooms in front of their giant red doors. You glimpse into a courtyard filled with wisteria, while neighbors clack mahjong pieces on a board under a tree. While the rest of the city rushes headlong into the 21st century In the Shichahai Lake District, one of Beijing's few leafy areas, residents here still take their mid-day...
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