第四天——聚源(Ju Yuan) 周日，六月十五日
(加拿大中国地震灾区采访队记者Christina Stevens6月15日报道) 新秩序。这三个字是唯一可以用来形容地震灾区一个月后的景象。在东倒西歪的大厦及临时盖塔的帐篷阵之中，师红兵位于聚源大街的发型屋生意如常，师傅忙得不可开交，剪发、梳理及剃头等，所不同者，是发型屋的椅子、镜子及吹风机都是放在店铺外面，连生意也是在帐篷下面做的。
DAY 4 — Ju Yuan Sunday June 15th
The new normal. That is the only way to describe life in the earthquake zone a month later. Amid tent cities and crumbling buildings its almost business as usual in Shi Hong Bing’s hair salon, located on a main street in Ju Yuan. Stylists are busy cutting, combing and shaving. But there is a crucial difference. The chairs, mirrors and blow dryers have been moved outside; business is taking place under a tarp.
36 year old Bing says he got back to work one week after the quake hit because its important his staff have jobs, and they are making a difference to those still living in tent cities, by making customers feel better about themselves. “We help as a service industry. We can help ourselves and we can help the people” he explains, adding they were lucky “only the electricity is gone and there is not enough water, but we have a generator now.”
In a town ravaged by the quake, the sad stories far outnumber ones like his. This is the same town where nearly 300 students died when a middle school collapsed. Both army and police officers blocked the access road to the school today, preventing a closer look, and even telling us not to take pictures.
Across town, the name of a local hospital now seems bitterly ironic. Happiness Hospital is anything but. Walls have crumbled, glass shattered and its deserted. Its in an area where it seems as though the earth has picked and chosen its victims. Nearly intact buildings stand next to piles of rubble, a haphazard and meaningless pattern of destruction.
Not far from Ju Yuan is Qingcheng Shan, the mountain site of Sichuan’s oldest Taoist temple, a place of solace and contemplation. It wasn’t spared the earthquake’s rage either. Head of the Lao Jun Ge temple, Master Mingqing Zhang says at first the quake sounded like a big plane roaring over head, but then she realised what was happening and it hit the World Heritage Site hard. An 1800 year old mountain top temple, now lists at a 25 degree angle. Colourful stones from a temple just below lie in piles several feet deep, and a big rift in the earth splits the pathway. That was what we found after a two hour hike into the clouds, to what is considered to be the place where Taoism began. Zhang says she is more concerned about people’s lives than the loss of that kind of history. As for the damage she says “still, compared to the 2000 years of Chinese culture that is a little thing. Everything still continues, we can handle it and we can do much better in the future.”
Zhang says the people are strong, that the earthquake “was like intimidation, or god gave us a test,” a test she believes China, and even the world has passed, “it is like the earthquake made all the Chinese people more like a family. It is like all the people in the world are concerned like family and concerned about here.”