After having just passed two years since the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, we’re once again reminded of the events of that day. This time by the ground moving.
Sichuan’s Governor is confident that re-construction of the Quake-affected areas of Sichuan will be finished one year ahead of schedule, but people on the ground disagree with the government’s assessment and argue that the work has just begun.
Ever since the government began construction on the massive Pubu Dam project, Hanyuan county in Sichuan has been rocked by protests and bloody pitched battles between dis-possessed, incensed locals and the government over the corrupt and broken relocation process.
Traveling between Chengdu and Chongqing is easier than ever before, with the “He Xie” bullet train delivering passengers in style. The trip costs just 97 yuan one way and I took it recently for the second time.
China’s previous experience with an earthquake in this region informs every aspect of the nations response to this latest one, which demonstrates the overall growth of a society towards its own problems and how to solve them.
Over the next few years, a number of Sichuan’s hidden gems will be revealed to a new generation of travelers. We outline some our favorite destinations in the region.