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    The gate to the illegally-built Cao Garden is blown to smithereens in Mudanjiang, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province on Wednesday. Photo: IC
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Gallery: Blowing Up the Mysterious Mansion

Cao Garden, a complex of ornate buildings that stood for 14 years in a nature reserve without approval, was being demolished Wednesday in the city of Mudanjiang, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. The local authorities have determined that the owner’s activities, including logging, land occupation and unapproved construction, were illegal.

03.28.2019
The gate to the illegally-built Cao Garden is blown to smithereens in Mudanjiang, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province on Wednesday. Photo: IC
An elephant statue is seen in front of a pavilion in Cao Garden on March 20. Photo: VCG
Animal specimens are seen in the museum of Cao Garden on March 20. Photo: VCG
An excavator demolishing Cao Garden’s buildings. Photo: VCG
A footpath in Cao Garden that hasn’t yet been demolished is seen on Wednesday. Photo: VCG
The gate of Cao Garden, before it was blown up, is seen on March 23. Photo: IC

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Gallery: Blowing Up the Mysterious Mansion