In Chongqing, time can be read through constructions stratums. They appear through colors, styles and construction materials. Traditional old houses made of wood and bricks contributed to the particular atmosphere of the city center but are disappearing little by little.
Nowadays Chongqing is facing an important urban renewal policy and old districts are being entirely removed. The center is riddled with patches of empty demolished areas: during this transition period, they still keep traces of lifestyle that belongs to the past.