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What does “ it was like flesh marked by a fresh scar” means what, and the whole sentence is in the second following. mean?

In October 1901, he finally ventured back to Beijing, the capital from which he had fled three years before. When he arrived, the city looked different; it was like flesh marked by a fresh scar. The Boxers whom Wang had come across in the countryside in Shandong had advanced into the capital in June of the previous year.
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