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2012年07月11日 13:21

From Dragon to Phoenix

Jinzhou is not a city I’d love to see twice. So I decided no sooner than I had traveled a few blocks its downtown. In front of me was an assembly of largely untenanted high-rises tarted up with quasi-mansard roofs. Atop three of them stood characters saying Man-Ha-Dun, for Manhattan in mandarin. I was walking down a street whose pavement broken here and there to reveal the dirt underneath, as if the place was very recently bombarded. The passersby with worried expressions like war-refugees helped finish a Guernica-esque scene.

It’s a city never shaken off its war memorie......

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