The Strange Case Of China’s Half-Built ‘Ancient’ City

“In the last few years, Datong has made a massive push to draw those tourist groups to its inner city, a place that was first settled in the Han dynasty around 200 BC. It’s all part of an ambitious plan to raze the old city and replace it with a new ‘ancient’ Tang-style city.” Naturally there are complaints that the new “historic” buildings are ersatz; worse is what happened after the mayor left town.

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