Dancing around a sensitive issue in The Beijing News – Joel Martinsen
The Beijing News runs a twice-weekly “Beijing Geography” feature that introduces some part of the city with local color – a different neighborhood, park, or local business in each installment. On Tuesday, part #562 in the series, Dongdan Park was profiled.
This former airfield became one of the city’s first free parks in 1955, and earth excavated from later subway construction was used to build a hill topped with a pavilion that gazes over downtown Beijing. The history and current atmosphere of Dongdan Park is covered fairly comprehensively in the feature, but blogger “aside” notes a more interesting social phenomenon that TBN hints at but does not state outright. [Full Text]