Living in a hostel in Yangji Village

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Stepping out of Yangji Village train station, I found it especially difficult to find any signs that this is technically a ‘rural’ piece of land. Highrise residential towers and office buildings, highways and bustops are all that one can see. What hides within the ring of modern buildings is a demolished migrant enclave turning into gated communities. Yangji Village is one of the few urban villages that are being redeveloped in Guangzhou. Its location of close proximity to the new city centre meant that pressures on the land is too high for it to remain as an urban village.

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The plans for the redevelopment of Yangji Village is indicative of the typical style of a urban village project – wholesale demolition, reconstruction of gated communities, historic buildings are demolished and regathered in a corner of the village (here I have highlighted it in purple).

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