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In Depth: Coal, Once a Boon, Turns Chinese Rustbelt City Into a Bust

By Cheng Siwei and Zhang Yukun
2022年05月11日 16:34
As the golden years of mining fade, the resource-depleted city of Hegang is struggling to survive
Piles of coal are seen in Hegang city, Heilongjiang province, on Oct. 28, 2015. Photo: VCG

When internet giant NetEase Inc. offered a free apartment in Hegang city as part of a marketing gimmick to promote online game Nishuihan, it was a sign the once-prosperous coal-mining hub in Northeast China had reached rock bottom.

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