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Sean Wayman: ‘The Former Residence of Xue Fucheng Wuxi, China’

The Former Residence of Xue Fucheng Wuxi, China To reach the mansion’s modest entrance gate, where tasselled lanterns hang like fuchsia blooms, you have to wade a sea of toxic fumes, where gloomy thoughts refuse to dissipate. For those who’ve come across this sickly tide the mansion’s gate assumes a welcome look. Its narrowness suggests a cosy nook in which to shelter from the smog outside. But once you squeeze in through the entranceway you soon reclaim a sense of open space. Inside, the courtyard boasts an airy grace— and bonsai gingko trees in pots of clay. Grotesquely weathered, full…

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