This chapter explores the phantasmagoria, the imaginary experience of shifting images of Zouping as a place, especially as experienced when walking the streets of the city. It examines how public space is used, the introduction and growth of advertising and its associated sexual imagery, and the way in which the government manipulates the experience of public space through its control of landmarks and religious buildings and through its staging of public spectacles. Particular attention is paid to the historical erasure of religious landmarks, the ways in which a discourse of romanticism informs advertising, and the ways in which advertising, an urban environment, the end of arranged marriage, and the extension of youth create conditions for a sexual modernity.
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