Chinese officials announced on Aug. 22 that the large city of Chaohu in eastern China no longer existed. The move caught residents by surprise. Chaohu's museum, shown here, houses a Han dynasty tomb, and the city is known for its huge freshwater lake.
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The imposing government building in the former city of Chaohu is now largely empty because the city ceased to exist last month. Government officials will be reassigned to the three other cities that have taken over parts of Chaohu.
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Retirees in a Chaohu park play the song "Chaohu Is Good" on the <em>erhu</em>, a traditional Chinese instrument. So far, opinions are split on whether dividing the city will be good for their future.
Imagine a city like Los Angeles disappearing from the map completely. That's exactly what happened to Chaohu, a city in eastern China's Anhui province with a similar population — about 4 million. The people have remained, but the city has vanished in an administrative sleight of hand.
That was the Kafkaesque reality for Chaohu's inhabitants, who went to bed one night and woke up the morning of Aug. 22 to find out that their city no longer existed. For many, their first inkling that something had changed was from the local news.
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