The Beijing neighbourhood colloquially known as Gulou, after the old Drum Tower bookended between the lakes of Shichahai and bustling Gulou East Street, is a gentrifying sort of place. Caught between the old and the newly hip, this New York Times article called it 'Brooklyn in Beijing'.
I wrote this graphical guide to the Gulou Beijing neighbourhood for Silverkris' (the Singapore Airlines mag) 'Little Districts' page, a regular fixture. Gulou has been my home for five years now, and in that (relatively) short time I've seen the area change in lots of ways, some bad, some (most?) good. But that's for another post.