“The east is red, the sun is rising,” this
is the opening lyric of a song that extols China’s late leader
Chairman Mao Zedong, which became the national anthem during
the Cultural Revolution, and which resounded every hour when
the giant English clock in Shanghai’s Bund banged in those
years, and which after a decade silence has now once again
boomed at the bank of the Huangpu River .
But if you think this is a heavenly affair,
and the heavenly affair alone, you’re just half right. In
reality with 57 yuans, you can travel from one earthly point
where the east is read, to another point where the sun is
rising, and by train.
There are numerous big or medium or small places
in China that are either called The East Is Red or The Sun
Is Rising, but it is only in the northeast province Black
Dragon River (Heilongjiang 黑龙江省), where the two names in
question are actually linked by a railway line. And that
is how that ticket with a powerful celestial message shown
in the picture was issued.
The railway station The East Is Red,
located between Tiger Forest Town (虎林市) and Prosperous
River County (饶河县) in Heilongjiang Province.
Unity of Yin & Yang
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