People always talk about the speed of change in Beijing. Tis true it’s fast, though there are exceptions. For example, it has been more than five freaking years between Sanlitun South Bar Street biting the dust and its replacement Sanlitun Soho being revealed to passerbys. Yes, after five freaking years, the billboards around the complex are coming down.
As I passed today, finishing touches were being done on the buildings and landscaping. The complex should look pretty good in partnership with Sanlitun Village though given general building trends in Beijing it will probably look five freaking years old by late August.
(Another example of quick change: That building at the far left of the photo below took something like 11 years to complete. Of course, these are exceptions to the rule of speedy change, but I don’t care.)