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Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Ronchamp" disappeared

Ronchamp, Zhengzhou, 2004
BBQ On the original site, 2008

There was a Ronchamp in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, my hometown, in the West Economy Development District. I have post it a while ago, here. On the same street, there are different simulacra from many other cultures, including Greek Temple (posted here), St Marco in Venice, Dutch style, American Style, etc. When I went back this year, I found out the fake Ronchamp has disappeared and turned into a BBQ restaurant, which is the only one on the street. However, Corbusier's sculpture is kept inside the wall. Many other buildings have transformed into other programs, such as Gas company, Kindergarten, University, Fine Arts school, seemingly private house, besides original programs of entertainment centers (sauna, Kara OK, hotel, etc.). But there are still many buildings empty and abandoned.
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Friday, June 20, 2008

SIAS International University, Zhengzhou

The Administrative Building's back facade

The Administrative Building's front facade

European Commercial Street

Another view

This is a new university in Zhengzhou. The administrative building has 2 faces, like the god Janus, but with the East and West. There is also another European Commercial Street.

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