Although houses, schools, factories, and even streets can be rebuilt, old memories will never fade away from people’s minds.
After a magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008, official figures stated that 69,227 were confirmed dead, 374,643 injured, and 17,923 listed as missing.
Since then, seven years have passed. Although debates and conflicts over the post-disaster reconstruction have never stopped, the victims’ physical and mental wounds are slowly healing.
The disaster areas have been reconstructed and progress made. Life kept going on…
However, it’s hard to say goodbye to those places they called home.
Ruins and rebuild, before versus after
This street in Beichuan County was rebuilt in the unique style of the Qiang people, and is now called Beichuan Commercial Street.
On May 14, 2008, 7-year-old Li Yangyang stood in front of her collapsed house in Chaoyang Village. Four years later, when she turned 12 on May 1, 2013, she was photographed in front of her family’s new house.