Labor Camps hidden near Olympic Venues: Maps & driving directions!

Check out this behind-the-scenes guidebook that gives shows you a side of Beijing the officials definitely DON'T want you to see -- a guide to seven notorious LABOR CAMPS, each nestled in closely to the Olympic venues tens of thousands of tourists will be attending. A little avant-garde sightseeing, anyone?

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From the text:

“When you come to the Olympic Games in Beijing, you will see skyscrapers, spacious streets, modern stadiums and enthusiastic people. You will see the truth, but not the whole truth…. You may not know that the flowers, smiles, harmony and prosperity are built on a base of grievances, tears, imprisonment, torture and blood.”
–Open letter by prominent Chinese rights defenders Hu Jia and Teng Biao, September 2007.

When 25,000 reporters arrive in China to cover the Olympic Games, enthusiastic youngsters, glittering venues, primly trimmed parks and state-of-the-art subways will leave a strong impression. As Hu Jia and Teng Biao note above, however, there is another side to the “New China” that the Chinese Communist Party is much less keen on showcasing to the international community.
It is a China of electric cattle prods, of 18 hour work days, of unspeakable torture and humiliation, of religious believers forced to endure endless hours of “thought reform.” It is a China of “re-education through labor” (RTL) camps.

Excerpt from Camp location and directions:

Directions to Labor Camp:

From Tianjin Binhai Airport: Enter Huandao going south for 439 m. Turn West on Huandao for 1.7 km. Turn left on Waihuanxian for 299 m. Turn Right on Jinbindadao for 6.6 km. Turn left on Dongfengqiao for 1.1 km. Turn left on Hongxinglut for 2.2 km. Turn left on Jiefangnanlu for 73 m. Total: 13.1 km

From Tianjin Train Station: Go north west on Jianguodao for 213 m. Turn left on Sanjinglu for 154 m. Turn right on Jinbudao for 190 m. Turn left on Wujinglu for 2.4 km. Turn left on Qufudao for 128m. Turn right on Jiefangnanlu for 1.5 km. Total: 4.6 km
A: Tianjin Binhai Airport: 天津滨海国际机场
B: Tianjin Train Station: 天津站河北区
C: Tianjin Jianxin Labor Camp: 天津建新女子劳教所
D: Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium: 天津奥林匹克中心体育场


Jianxin Labor Camp of Tianjin City was expanded especially for the purpose of holding Falun Gong adherents. Since the inception of the Sixth Division for female detainees, several hundred practitioners have been detained there. Most were older than fifty years of age, the oldest being seventy-three.

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September 07, 2008 12:29 a.m.

very good blog !    

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