An epic downpour wipes away a capital’s sheen

New York Times: In the heart of the Chinese capital is the showcase neighborhood of Sanlitun, where expatriates and Chinese glitterati go to dine, drink and dance. It has gleaming curved skyscrapers, a boutique hotel where rooms list for $400 to $4,000 a night, and restaurants with cuisines like French, Persian and Mexican. What it does not have is a modern drainage system. As an epic rainstorm pounded Beijing on Saturday, murky water rose knee-deep in the streets. Buses plowed through, creating waves that rocked......

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