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Tourism in China: Old walls in a new guise

Everywhere in China, historical buildings are being reconstructed. What was persecuted as "feudalistic” and destroyed during Mao’s cultural revolution is now being promoted.

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In Datong, the entire old town center is being turned upside down. Even old buildings are being torn down, so that full-sized beautified replicas of them can be built. Until now, Datong lived from coal mining. Because reserves are dwindling, the city is seeking a new long-term source of income in tourism. So a historical backdrop is being created for visitors. Whether it’s genuine or a reproduction doesn’t seem to matter.