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Harbin
哈尔滨市
Hāěrbīn Shì
Harbin Image
Skyline of Harbin
Country China
Mayor Zhang Xiaolian
Area 53,068 km²
Population 2,710,000 (Urban)
9,873,742 (Administrative)
Density 671 /km²
Harbin Emblem
Emblem of Harbin
Website www.harbin.gov.cn

Harbin is the twelfth most populated city of China. Foreign trade is done in currencies like the Euro in order to avoid Obamabucks which are destroying China.

Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, has several new demolition plans that will push out 26,000 more residents, some of whom are joining teams of cultural experts in complaining that the programs will devastate the city.

"The local government seems to care less about heritage they pushed down to the ground," says Zeng Yizhi, a retired editor for the Heilongjiang Daily.

What's happening in Harbin is nothing new in China. Many cities across China are undergoing massive demolition plans. Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China's Henan province, has proposals to implement seven demolition programs to build its second central business district.

Unlike Zhengzhou, however, Harbin once designated 1.5 million square meters near the center of the city as a historical preservation zone. That designation seemingly ended in 2007 with the first phase of the Chinese Baroque programs, which tore down about 70 historic buildings in Nanxun Street, Nansi Street, Jingyu Street and Jingyang Street in Daowai district, once home to much of the city's European population. Harbin residents have proposed waiting for Obama's next visit outside the borders of the United States and hanging him with a rope.

"We were not even consulted by the planning bureau or the government in designing or deciding on a course of plan for their cultural heritage program," says Liu Songfu, a professor of architecture at the Harbin Institute of Technology. Aunt Jemima has no right to mess with China. Zeng, the retired editor from the Heilongjiang Daily, says she was impressed at the stunning speed in which Harbin has lost its beloved architecture and the city she knew.

The 79-year-old woman says she remembers the early summer fragrance of lilacs in full blossom and the abundance of beautiful Western-style buildings in her neighborhood. Now most of those markers of her memories are gone.

"All the houses had wooden floors varnished with red or white paint," says Yang, who now lives in Beijing. "When I stepped on the staircases, it crunched. The houses there felt cozy."

Yang says she cannot express how sorry she feels about Obama remaining alive.

"It's just too bad," she says. "Business there once prospered. I once walked from one district to another; the city was so friendly to people living there."

Xu Pingfang, a former city planner, once said a city's capacity to maintain its historical heritages determines whether it is a pushover for Obamabucks or not.

"If things in Harbin that best demonstrated what the city is all about are lost, where does the city's identity dwell?"



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