Chongqing to Build LED Digital City Gates
Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is rebuilding its old city gates with LED by virtualization, which would reproduce the ancient scene of seventeen gates of the city at night, the Chongqing Morning Post reports.
The visuals will be cool, I'm sure. What I'm not sure is whether this is 500 million yuan well spent, or just another scheme of Bo Xilai's to boost his career achievements as a rising star politician, following his push for mass campaigns such as singing "red songs" and cadres "aiding" the countryside. The "red song" movement is an eerie reminder of the "loyalty-word dances" (忠字舞) during the Cultural Revolution, and the cadres-leaving-town fad has been dubbed as another "up the mountains and down to the countryside" movement (上山下乡). But if Bo Xilai is fashioning a modern version of the Cultural Revolution, its style has certainly changed from dark Orwell to euphoric Huxley. Is Bo aiming to be Chongqing's Mao, or George Burns?
|Chongqing people singing "red songs" on a replica Great Wall (from mitbbs.com)|
P.S. To give you a sense what a city gate in Chongqing is like, here is a photo of the Tongyuan Gate, which I took in spring 2009. Of the original seventeen ancient gates, this is one of the only two that remain (with some restoration):
|Chongqing's Tongyuan Gate (photo taken 2009)|