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Beijing seeks to contain its population, and with it, problems
Beijing seeks to contain its population, and with it, problems

As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing have been sifting through apparel varying  from faux fur coats to the latest South Korean fashions. By late afternoon, the alleyways outside are littered with plastic and discarded instant-noodle containers, and couriers hauling enormous black bags of clothes are shoving through the narrow passageways. Shiji and its 12 neighbors are collectively known as the Zoo Market, named for the animal park across the nearby highway. It’s the largest wholesale clothing market in northern China. What was once a...

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