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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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.