'Chinese Ghost Town' turned into a museum by Ace Preston
Beichuan ruins becomes a museum and a memorial.
The most damaged town in the Sichuan earthquake zone, Beichuan, is preserved and turned into a museum and a memorial.
Unlike Dresden Germany, Hiroshima Japan, and Ground Zero Manhattan, the people of China have done the right thing once again. Instead of rebuilding the devastated town of Beichuan they have left it as is after the ruinous earthquake respecting the spirits of their ancestors in their final resting place. China once again proves that they can do anything. An amazing country that doesn't have one liberal or lawyer.
THE GREAT SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE 2008 also known as the Wenchuan earthquake after the location of the earthquake's epicenter, Wenchuan County in Sichuan province which occurred on May 12, 2008 in Sichuan province of China, killed an estimated 68,000 people and almost 80% of the buildings were destroyed, 374,176 injured, with 18,222 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 11 million people homeless.
Nicknamed 'Earthquake Town' only on May 12, 2009 did the chinese government open access to the sealed ruins of the Beichuan county seat for 3 days, after which it has been frozen in time as a state earthquake relic museum to remind people of the terrible disaster.
Right now only chinese nationals are permitted to enter on special tours.
At the time Ace Preston was the only foreigner permitted to enter due to the dangerous conditions. The chinese government did not want the responsibility of foreigners getting injured.
Regardless of the dangers Ace Preston thought it was important to photograph this disaster to remind the world that the Chinese people are not our enemy regardless what the US media and government claims.
Ace Preston was permitted to enter and photograph the devastated town on two separate occasions due to his recognized heroic rescue efforts set back in 2008 when he formed an american volunteer rescue unit out of reckless mercenaries and expats living in Chengdu China at the time simply known as 'The High Mountain Rangers', in the mission codenamed, "Too Late The Hero", while he happened to be traveling in China, setting up, just prior to the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.
The High Mountain Rangers were named in honor of Merrill’s Marauders, a World War II U.S. Army Special Operations long range penetration unit stationed in the South East Asian Theater which fought in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations.
Beichuan was only built in 1951 and only half of it's population survived the earthquake.
What was the chinese government to do with the survivors of this biblical disaster?
What about the process of exhuming the remaining hundreds, perhaps thousands of bodies from the wreckage?
Beichuan was never meant be rebuilt. It is now a museum of ghosts.