Beijing, Jiu Xianqiao Block No.6 Central Heating


The No.6 block at Jiu Xianqiao was one of the dormitories for the 798 and other factories we wrote about in previous posts.


We walk around at a plant for the central heating of the block that was built in co-operation with the Soviet Union in the 1950s.


Every block in this neighborhood used to have its own plant with huge boilers to provide central heating. Now, 60 years later, most of them have been demolished and just a few are still in operation.


According to a worker at this plant, which belongs to a state-owned enterprise, the boilers are still in use. “It will be demolished soon”, he says.




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