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Voices from Other Lands 2008-06-26
    2008-06-26 15:32:03     CRIENGLISH.com

Hello and welcome to this edition of  Voices from Other Lands on China Radio International. I'm your host Zhou Jing.

What comes to your mind when we mention Beijing? I interviewed a lot of foreigners on the street to find out.

Their observation about the city is definitely correct but not in a creative way, at least not as creative as Dominic Johnson-Hill, a Briton who has been living in Beijing for 16 years. Two years ago, Johnson-Hill opened a small boutique selling self-designed T-shirts with his own impressions and understanding of this city. Thus we are able to see a lot strange but fun stuff that triggers the memory of good old days in Beijing, like T-shirts carrying the image of already historical Beijing subway ticket or Chinese characters Gong Bao Ji Ding, or Kung Pao Chicken, a well-known local dish. Now his T-shirt shop on Nanluogu Xiang, one of the most ancient hutongs in Beijing, has become a must-visit for many tourists from home and abroad. I caught up with Dominic Johnson-Hill to talk about his boutique, designs and his life in Beijing.

Dominic and his T-shirts. [Photo: xfrb.com.cn]

You are listening to Voices from Other Lands. I'm Zhou Jing. My guest today is Dominic Johnson-Hill, a Briton who has been living in Beijing for over a decade and owns a fashion store selling Beijing-styled T-shirts. We'll take a short break, please stay tuned.

Welcome back. You are listening to Voices from Other Lands on China Radio International. I'm Zhou Jing. Join me today is Dominic Johnson-Hill.

Nanluogu Xiang, where Dominic Johnson-Hill's boutique is located, is a neighborhood famous for traditionally housed merchants, the wealthy and the powerful, and it's well on its way to reclaiming that heritage today.
Like many old parts of the city, since the turn of the century, Nanluogu Xiang is home to out-and-out trendy, hosting bars and cafes and backpacker hostels. While some love that about the area, others are worried.

But to Johnson-Hill who has settled in this hutong for 5 years, he loves everything about the area. And neighbors all like this tall British man who speaks fluent Chinese.

And that was Dominic Johnson-Hill talking about his business and life in the hutong. With that, we come to the end of this week's  Voices from Other Lands. To listen to today's show or our previous editions, please visit crienglish.com. If you have any comments or suggestions, you can write to: English Service, China Radio International, Beijing, China, our postal code is 100040. Or email me at voices@cri.com.cn. From Beijing, I am your host Zhou Jing. Thanks for joining me, until the same time next week, Goodbye.

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