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In some ways this was the epitome of China in 1990 and a fearsome omen of China in the future.   A coal mine on the edge of the world, Inner Mongolia.  A remnant of the ancient civilisation, the Great Wall here a mere heap of mud bricks leaving a rather weak trace on close inspection although still a landmark in the greater scheme of things.

I had to wade across the river to reach the village, clamber over the ruined wall...to be greeted by children who seemed never to have seen a foreigner before.  Water carried in buckets from the river to irrigate the fields, now twenty years later apparently a victim of desertification, maybe covered in sand dunes?



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