Wen Caifei, reporter of China Science News|
A screenshot of a notice about Harbin Engineering University (Harbin Engineering) recently circulated online. The “notice” claims that there are super-electromagnetic guns and radioactive elements under Building 11 of the Harbin Project, and the entire building will be completely blocked. The official Weibo of the Kazakhstan Project released the rumor refuting information for the first time – the super electromagnetic cannon is false, but the strong military background of the Kazakhstan Project has aroused the curiosity of the majority of netizens.
Screenshot of the “notice” transmitted on the Internet, courtesy of Harbin Engineering University
Harbin Military Engineering Institute, the predecessor of Harbin Engineering, is the first comprehensive higher military technical college in New China. In 1953, Chen Geng, a general of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the first president of Harbin Military Engineering College, personally shoveled the first shovel of soil, opening the prelude to the infrastructure construction of the Harbin Military Industrial Campus. At the beginning of the establishment of the Kazakh military industry, in order to meet the needs of various services and arms, five engineering departments were set up according to the services and arms, including the air force, artillery, navy, armored troops and engineers, and each department had an independent teaching building. The 5 buildings of the Kazakh military industry period correspond to an engineering department in Building 11, Building 21, Building 31, Building 41 and Building 51.
The exterior of the teaching building is a traditional Chinese classical architectural feature, carved beams and paintings, green eaves and green tiles, and the interior adopts Soviet Western-style ceiling and relief decoration, and the overall combination of Chinese and Western buildings is quite distinctive. “Long-term planning, durable, formal requirements, affordable” is the basic policy of the school to build teaching buildings. Today, several buildings of the Kazakh military industry are still towering, solid as a rock, warm in winter and cool in summer.
The much-watched Building 11, with a row of aircraft sculptures on the cornices at the corners, is the teaching building where the former Air Force Engineering Department is located. It covers an area of 47,000 square meters and is one of the main teaching buildings for students to study on their own. Building 11 is called a building that spies can’t get around by students, and the enigmatic classroom code makes it the most labyrinth-like building on campus, “If you don’t get lost in Building 11, you’re embarrassed to say you’re a Harbin engineering student.”
On the corner cornice of Building 11 is a row of airplane sculptures. Photo courtesy of Harbin Engineering University
New students must first learn classroom coding before going to class, otherwise it is difficult to find a classroom, because it is difficult for ordinary people to imagine, the large classroom of Building 11 is not on the first floor but on the third floor, next to classroom 142 is not 141 and 143, 0124 and 124 are two different classrooms… This is a unique means of confidentiality of the Harbin project, such as four large classrooms on each floor, clockwise distributed on the four corners, numbered 1n*, n represents the number of floors, “133 large classrooms” means the third large classroom on the third floor. In order to allow students to find classrooms smoothly, the school has specially developed the navigation system of Building 11, which is well received by teachers and students.
Building 11 is known as “a building that spies can’t get around.” Photo courtesy of Harbin Engineering University
Students often encounter the footsteps of leaders during class. Zhou Enlai, Zhu De and Deng Xiaoping all visited Building 11, and many original site signs in the building confirmed the care and attention of the first generation of New China’s leadership collective to this school and China’s higher education, and gave the Kazakh military industry and its successors glory and mission.
Building 21, which records Qian Xuesen and Chen Geng’s “Century Questions and Answers”, and Building 31, which gave birth to many firsts in the Republic… Each building has its own military history. Known as the “military school without military uniforms”, the Kazakh project not only protects and repairs the buildings of 70 years ago, but also its “strict, rigorous and rigorous” teaching style, the loud sound of military bugles in and out of class, and the extremely high standard of freshman military training have also continued to this day, inspiring generations of Kazakh military industry inheritors to forge ahead.
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