Biàn (change) is everywhere in China. Cities seem to be tirelessly devouring their own history. When the bulldozers have done their work and the concrete has been poured, we see people wandering around in a new urban environment: uniform high-rise buildings, shiny cars and the unknown faces of the ceaseless influx of people that seek their fortune in the city. Participate in the change or disappear, that is the choice faced by the population of modern China. Yet, there are invisible threads that connect the inhabitants of the city with 5,000 years of history. Occasionally, this hidden map of the past resurfaces. It leads the way through times of uncertainty and opportunities.
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By Eli Dijkers
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