Sunday, January 31, 2010

this is what liberation looks like

The Liberation Monument in Chongqing stand in a city center square with a Rolex clock at the top and surrounded by massive multi-level shopping centers and street vendors. Somehow in China, the free-for-all-capitalist market coexists with so-called communist propaganda... and nobody seems to bat an eyelash at the irony.

Kunming is one of the most diverse cities in China. There's a large Muslim population in the city... and it was quite interesting for me to be among Chinese Muslims speaking Mandarin. This is a picture of an Islamic restaurant that I ate a tofu dish at (what, no lamb? yes, they were quite horrified when i asked for a vegetarian dish.) ... right next door one of the hundreds of KFC.

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