Beijing's Uygur neighbourhood is to be demolished, displacing several hundred people and the capital's last community of Xinjiang natives. A city district planning representative would not explain the demolition, which comes as Beijing steps up its crackdown against terrorism and separatism in the Muslim minority's native area of northwest China. The so-called Xinjiang Village in the Ganjiakou neighbourhood of west Beijing is made up of single-storey brick houses along a two-metre-wide alley that starts near a modern Beijing shopping mall and ends in a cluster of houses. Along the alley, residents roast lamb and bake naan bread, and try to sell hashish to visitors. Almost all residents are Uygur, some of whom speak little or no Chinese and in some cases look more European than Asian. The word 'demolish' has been spray-painted on the exterior walls of many houses, meaning it is only a matter of time before city demolition crews arrive. The district is not near Beijing's architectural preservation areas. Surrounding Xinjiang Village are apartment blocks, but Uygurs are generally not allowed to move into this standard type of Beijing housing. Authorities destroyed the city's previous Xinjiang Village at Weigongcun last year, saying the neighbourhood layout impeded traffic and created other nuisances. So many Uygurs, who initially went to Beijing to trade, moved to Ganjiakou. 'They hate us,' said a hashish vendor who does not know where he will go after the demolition. 'They won't let us stay here, and they won't let us go back to Xinjiang.' A restaurant owner said he was expecting the village to be demolished after New Year's Day and that most residents would be relocated to Changping, a suburb north of the central city. He said he planned to reopen his restaurant there. Demolition plans are 'hard to discuss now', said a representative of the Haidian district planning department, which covers Ganjiakou. But the director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Xinjiang research centre said that Beijing's Uygurs were not seen as potential terrorists. Beijing city plans call for the demolition of most single-storey brick homes, which residents see as backward and uncomfortable to live in.