On the future of Nanluoguxiang

Guidebooks and travel articles still insist it’s a must-see, but many Beijing residents would rather spend a night in a waterbed with a PCP-addled porcupine than wade through the crowds on the bustling lane. No other place in Beijing better recalls the hoary one-liner popularized by American baseball player Yogi Berra: "Yeah ... Nobody goes there no more. It’s too crowded."