Less than a thousand of these old homes edging the city remain, after skyscrapers have taken over the area. All photos by Marie-Claire Holmes.
Old and new in a constant state of flux.
An Art Deco look to this modern building. Note the cranes in the background. According to a recent BBC report, more than half the world's cranes are currently in China.
More high-rises vie for attention.
Shoppers in the rain.
Children play games in a doorway.
A game of Mah-jongg.
Clothes drying next to a business.
Plants - including lucky jade - line this balcony.
Boats and houses.
Performing a traditional fan dance.
More traditional performers.
This is the fourth in a series of pieces about modern China. Scroll down the page for Parts I, II and III.