Hong Kong border police patrol the boundary between the territory and China at Sha Tau Kok in the 1960s. Communist China was never as isolated as were the communist countries behind Europe’s Iron Curtain. Photo: SCMP
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Messages from behind the Bamboo Curtain: how letters were smuggled into and out of China during communist isolation

During China’s years of isolation from the 1950s to the late 1970s, its people found ingenious but highly risky ways to communicate with loved ones outside the country

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Hong Kong border police patrol the boundary between the territory and China at Sha Tau Kok in the 1960s. Communist China was never as isolated as were the communist countries behind Europe’s Iron Curtain. Photo: SCMP
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