Before I went to Christchurch, people had commented that not much is left of the CBD since the 2011 earthquake. These people implied that there's not much to see, but they missed the point. The Cashel pop-up mall consists of shops made of shipping containers and is part of the heart of the new CBD, along with the nearby Cathedral Square. The pop-up mall has good shopping, including serious coffee places, hip clothing stores, market stalls and upmarket department store Ballantynes. At times the atmosphere is surreal - one day a damaged apartment building was being demolished next door while the buskers and coffee-drinkers continued their activities undeterred. This is an example of the spirit of Christchurch today, where the CBD looks like a war zone but also features public art works and improvised meeting places that have been put there since the earthquake. I saw a lot of German tourists and I think they would understand that Christchurch, like Berlin, knows how to make art out of loss.
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