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Behind that door in the first photo, in a really tiny little room, the Communist Party of China was founded in 1921. While things were a touch rocky in the immediate aftermath, when the founders had to do a runner to escape the cops, they seem to have settled down pretty well since then.

The room and its associated museum (which has a particularly good Last Supper-esque wax model tableau of the event, with Mao in the Christ spot) are, rather incongruously and thus rather aptly for modern China, part of an extremely swanky development called Xitiandi, all of the rest of which is taken up by extremely high-end restaurants and bars catering to the most elite of the Chinese and expat community.

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