This place is revered by the people of china......
I met up with the wife of one of the students I had visited in Tsinghua (Beijing), and she had told me she would show me around a bit. Ok, seems harmless, we'll see the sites....nope, not gonna be that easy. I am writing this blog many months later, so my memories have been dulled, so this does not fully do justice to the experience, but I will give it a try. So we meet up at the Great Hall of the People, a guy friend and her, and I forget how the exact discussion went, but something about historical site and mountains, so I am like...cool, let's do it. We visited the Great Hall, which looks cool outside, but is just a modern building buil to look old, and so it really is just a big hall, nothing special. The freaky part was seeing all these 20 year old kids out front in a little group of 10 or so, wearing a ton of flags and red, going on about how great China is.
....and I was frankly kinda freaked out, considering it is the US backed nationalists who killed these people.
I like China, but chill out with all that nationalistic stuff man, it creeps me out. I then come to find out we are going to a monument for the martyrs of the communist struggle. Ok, a little war memorial, sounds mind-opening. When we are there it feels weird, oddly quite for the bustling pace of China, no rushing crowds, just calm reflectance on those who died for the country. OK, I get it, cool, people fought for the country, and it is sad they died, that sucks. OOOOOHHHHHH no, that wasn't enough. She told me that I had no idea the suffering they went through, and I say I can imagine it must have been horrible, and she reminds me, "you have no idea". It is at this point I see things going downhill fast. So then we sit and wait for a bus to pick us up, and this place was empty man.
She did however compliment me on my research work, telling me her husband said he liked it. Ok, so then we are off to the hillsides. It is only when we get inside I realize it is a series of prison camps. HOLY SHIT. I feel like I am in a holocaust museum wearing a swastika T-Shirt, this sucked. I am trying to be respectful, take in the struggle of the people, etc. They are showing how they suffered, killed children, etc. etc. etc. Yes they always do that in war, it sucks, I hate war and all this shit, but it also seems like some major propaganda too, like to get the people all excited about communism, and make them angry, so that they will not have an open mind to other things. I just didn't like it, so I zoned out the whole death thing and focused on the beautiful landscape.
.....in a nationalist death camp!!!!
I was reminded that people died here and suffered in ways I cannot imagine every 10 minutes or so. By the way, as always in ChongQing
, it was really hot too! Ok, so then I see a display of torture devices, and then I see a sign in english: U.S. made Handcuffs. That is about when I started looking for the bus, I was realizing that this was all my fault, I somehow did all this....that was why this girl was giving me the business. So yeah, I sucked it up and faced the music for the war crimes I had committed by being an american....=P.....and then we finally left, but not before visiting the Mao Ze Dong gift shop, can't miss that. I swear they have mao this and mao that, really, it was weird, bottle openers to t-shirts, even a lifesize wax replica.
Too bad people make pretty places into jails.
I was so tired of the whole foreing devil treatment, I felt like when they showed me torture implements I should yell, "Cool !!! Check this out!" and start pretending to torture people with them. That would have let me see a modern prison camp too! Ok, so this was educational, I got some photos, and this girl hates me man. I have never met someone who liked war history so much, yuck.