Using Google Maps, one can look down from ten miles above upon a no-man’s land in eastern Xinjiang and see thirty enormous Chinese characters and an exclamation point twisting their way through the desolate Gobi Desert. Each character is the size of a football field. They form slogans from Cultural Revolution, built with crushed stone. A secret military airport was built in 1968, and these characters served as its navigational markings. The camera makes its way through the characters. In the Utopian hallucination of the piled stones, the tidal wave of revolution that swept across the world in 1968 appears.
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