August 18th, 2018

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When in doubt, flip it!

When I tried to map one of the few existing photos of the Watchtower 警钟楼 at the Little East Gate 小南门, I could not make it feel right. Then I flipped the photo and it worked perfectly. Every time this image is reproduced it is flipped incorrectly.

Wrong:


Right:


The building on the left is the Fire Station 小南门救火联合会; the row of houses across a wide street is lining Zhonghua Road 中华路. This photo on the map: https://pastvu.com/p/809314.

The watchtower and the fire station have been defunct for so long that a layer of houses has grown all around them. One of the last times I was in the area I climbed into a raised patio of a building behind the fire station and got a shot from almost the same angle: