A Big Wall Falls in China to Make Room for Mickey

Disney characters have replaced Qing dynasty monuments at Harbin’s annual ice lantern festival. From The New York Times:

What is perhaps the world’s most famous ice festival has become another of the world’s Disney theme parks, with a Disney licensing company taking over operations from the local Communist government. It is the first time a private company has run the ice festival.

Snow White has replaced snow dragons. Children wander through the frozen hallways of Aladdin’s Castle instead of a Qing dynasty palace. “It’s a Small World” plays in one corner of the park. (What better theme music for globalization?)

February 16, 2009 7:57 PM
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