“Be grateful and strive forward."

This used to be a picnic park where people would come and enjoy family days out. When I visited every inch was covered in relief tents. Nearby, banners and billboards hailing the central government’s rebuilding effort, is an earthquake memorial that features a crumpled building preserved under a glass canopy, and a Socialist-style sculpture of muscled rescue workers and grief-stricken victims. “Challenge the limits,” an inscription says. “Be grateful and strive forward."