A man receives a traditional rubdown by a staff member at Shuang Xing Tang, the oldest public bathhouse in the Chinese capital, Beijing, which is threatened with demolition. Photo: Simon Song

Last days of Beijing’s oldest bathhouse, a place for rubdowns, cricket fights, and Chinese chess

  • Demolition threatens Shuang Xing Tang, the Chinese capital’s last traditional bathhouse, built in 1916 but standing in the way of urban redevelopment
  • It’s a place for no-frills communal bathing popular with older men, and hardly makes money, but it’s a place for friends to meet – and bring their songbirds
Topic |   Chinese culture

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A man receives a traditional rubdown by a staff member at Shuang Xing Tang, the oldest public bathhouse in the Chinese capital, Beijing, which is threatened with demolition. Photo: Simon Song
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