Imagine if Miss Disneyland and a vodka laden Russian Tycoon had a love child in a China city…
Manzhouli has cultured its own mish-mash urban identity with kitschy architectural samples from the Classical, Baroque and Gothic built in chinese practicality and washed with bright fresh paint from the unconventional range. The highway from the airport are flanked by stand alone architectural spaceships parked in open fields. These individual pieces house hotels, commercial shopping, government buildings and sport centres. It is perfectly acceptable in Manzhouli to build a Matroyska-inspired park and another one dedicated to the retirement of propaganda statues to make the Russians feel perfectly at home.
Smog in China
Buildings are shrouded in smog in China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools.
Photograph: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
Death of a Village
2013 marks the 5th year villagers have passively resisted a hostile land grab from real estate developers. Xian cun sits as the last remaining thousand year old village to be demolished, replaced by a shopping mall. The remaining three hundred villagers have endured their livelihoods being disrupted, their neighborhoods demolished and their friends and family under constant harassment as they try to keep their village from becoming just another statistic in China’s Real Estate boom.
© Steve Bromberg/National Geographic Photo Contest
(Source: The Atlantic)