Old-fasioned public bathhouse survives in Beijing

14:38, July 31, 2011      

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Photo taken on July 27, 2011 shows the entrance of Shuangxingtang Public Bathhouse in Beijing, capital of China. Shuangxingtang Public Bathhouse, established in 1916, is a traditional Chinese public bathhouse that is still in service. It is the place where the award-winning movie Shower (1999), directed by Zhang Yang, was shot. The bathing fee here is only 8 RMB (1.24 US dollars) per person, a very friendly price for ordinary people. However, to most of customers, it is also a place for social communication. They come here to make friends, chat, have tea, play Chinese chess, have rubdowns and cupping therapy, have a bath or a shower, enjoying leisure time and relaxation. There used to be, according to a survey, more than 100 old-fasioned public bathhouses like this in Beijing in 1935, but apparently Shuangxingtang is one of the few that still survive today. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)

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