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China's migrant enclaves make way for the new

Officials see the urban villages as dirty and backward, and aim to build new residential and commercial districts

Baishizhou, a conglomerate of five smaller urban villages, has served as an enclave of cheap housing for migrant workers and immigrants who have helped to support Shenzhen's rapid economic growth.

Baishizhou, China

THE concrete block buildings that shade the narrow asphalt alleyways of Baishizhou are so closely situated that they are called "handshake" buildings - it is that easy for neighbours to greet one another.

Over the years, the buildings appeared to be cinched even