Photo of the day: Ghost of Hot Cat

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6:00 PM HKT, Fri August 18, 2017

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This is Part 4 of a six-part photo essay by Beijing-based student and artist Liu Qilin, who recently finished his freshman year of undergraduate study at Beijing Normal University. Liu, who goes by the English name Jady, is founder of the Beijing Hutong Team, a loose collective of artists and creatives united in a desire to document Beijing’s inner-city alleys (胡同, hutong), which are currently undergoing a process of “renovation” that many feel is stripping them of their historical and cultural charm.

Liu Qilin says about this photo:

The night I took this, my friends were planning out a short magazine they wanted to produce. After checking out some graffiti on Fangjia hutong, I went behind the live music venue Hot Cat Club, which had recently lost its street-facing entrance, and found its door sign discarded in a trash heap.

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