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Chinese landmark inn, once hailed as symbol of change, now demolished

Published on Jan 9, 2014 11:36 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - When they introduced market reforms that would shake the world, China's rulers celebrated a tiny privately owned Beijing hotel that survived decades of state planning as an example to the nation.

Now in a twist of fate, the Tianyi Inn has been demolished, apparently overcome by the very changes it once symbolised.

The hotel reportedly endured as Beijing's only private business even during the worst excesses of Mao Zedong's rule, when capitalists were often vilified, but was torn down in late December to make way for a government-backed modernisation project.

Its former owners say they have not been compensated and live in constant fear of arrest.

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