The name makes this sound like a rather odd place to visit but don't worry - this wasn't the result of a late night drunken run in with the law! Zhazidong prison is a patriotic Communist heritage site, and the setting of a famous (in
One bizarre element of the site is the array of souvenir stalls at the exit. While these in themselves are to be expected, and the amount of communist branded merchandise isn't a surprise, given what happened at the site the quantity of replica period guns seemed to me to be in rather bad taste! The photo below is rather blurry as it was taken in haste for fear of being shouted at by a stallholder! The fact that the guns sit next to statuettes of Sister Jiang and Song Zhengzong only enhances the tackiness.
Three Gorges Museum
I've been to quite a few Chinese museums during my trips, and this was one I had been very keen to visit. It falls into the category of those brand new architecturally interesting museums that promises to show off the best of modern Chinese museum thinking.
The Three Gorges dam was a rather controversial project, which is now becoming officially accepted as a costly and damaging mistake – though many knew this from the outset. The idea was to control the flow of the
#14 Xinjiang, China (October 2011), part 3
#15 Zhazidong prison & the 3 Gorges Museum, Chongqing, China (October 2011)
#16 Pompeii, Italy (December 2012)