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Chinese city struggles to preserve its legacy

From left: Gao Hong, Bu Chong and Hu Hong at a Russia restaurant in Harbin.


WHEN he first arrived in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin in 1984 to attend university, Bu Chong was stunned to see an imposing, European-style building on campus with tall columns, arched doors and elaborate reliefs. "I'm from the countryside," he said, "and I'd never seen...

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