Xi’an Evening Post reported in December 2010 that local district leaders in Shaanxi’s Shangluo City (商洛市) applied green paint to green belts alongside a major thoroughfare beside Jinfeng Mountain Park in order to impress visiting officials. The paint job, an odd bright green in the dead of winter, even left the base of the street lamps painted green. Park management authorities in Shangluo denied any knowledge of the painting project, and there was confusion about who exactly was responsible, some suspecting that contractors responsible for maintenance of the green areas might have painted them in an attempt to fool city officials. [2008 city government report here]. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to QQ.com, a visiting official smiles as he is introduced to a green-painted world by fawning local officials painted (sloppily) in green from head to foot..

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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