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Unit 731 - Germ Testing Site
Ironically probably put harbin onto the world map for all the wrong reasons. This is where the japanese conducted germ and biological tesing on chinese citzens and western POW's after they occupied manchuria.
Known as the asian auswitch
Ok probably not the cheeriest places to go to. But I thought it was important to remember these places esp as places like the lantern festival get the tourists.
Def not for kids as the chinese dont pull any punches. I knew off the place before and the discription given on site is historically accurate.
All that is left of the site (which was once many km's across) is the entrance building. Costs 40 reminbi p/p. Taxi to visit will cost about 25-30 reminbi.
The taxi driver who took me there was very surprised that i wanted to go and said it was a great mark of respect that someone not associated with China or Harbin from across the globe would go there and remember.
Go make a donation...its important that this site is not destroyed as the urban sprawl creeps closer and regonise that these horrible experiments took place (it was denied for many years)
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Unit 731 - the Japanese Germ Warfare Museum
After much thought, we decided not to go to visit Unit 731. Our experiences of how Chinese museums depict horrific incidents, including the Rape of Nanjing, would be too much for the children.
Before sending pompous e-mails, note that we have taken the children to Westerbeek in the Netherlands, but decided that 'shock value' photographs are not particularly educational to 10 and 12 year old children.
Had we been on our own, we would have definitely gone to this grisly reminder of man's inhumanity to man.It is also worth noting that many of the Japanese scientists, far from being punished for their experiments, which involved subjecting men, women and children to extremes of heat and cold and viruses including the bubonic plage and smallpox, were taken after the war to the USA, so that others could learn from their horrific experiments. Such is justice in geopolitics.
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