Everyone’s heard of Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. But do you know about cities like Shigiazhuang, Wuxi, Changsha, Suzha, Ningbo, Foshan, or Yanta? (Thanks Photopin the huge number shown in the background of this picture.)
These big cities in China need big buildings and China has built some of the most amazing ones the world has ever seen.
Visitors like Vic Liderman, who just returned in awe from structures he saw in China, points out that President Xi Jinping said poverty would be stopped by 2020. That’s really happening in their big cities as well as the little villages.
Together Shanghai and Beijing populations of around 46 million people house more folks than New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia combined. Linderman calls Shanghai and Beijing two of the world’s largest advanced cities.
“Everywhere we looked,” said a guy named Sam Latter, traveling with Weiss Research, “We saw dozens of 30-story buildings in Shanghai looking as if they came right from Vegas, Manhattan or Chicago. Everything from their fashion to their financial centers appeared like they are from the future. Several were over l00 stories high (only three in the U.S. reach that height).
Not long ago this blog reported the Chinese are also busy re-building the Silk Road’s ports, trains and cities throughout Asia. In the U.S. there’s only talk about the rebuilding that’s needed here for infrastructure of our bridges, freeways, highways and buildings.
It’s up-to-date or futuristic in China where men don’t carry wallets. They pay for goods and services and even street performers with their smart phones.
Times are changing in China, but few people in the U.S. recognize the fact. In 2005, the median age was around 30. People there are living longer. Life expectancy in China in l960 was 43 years. Today, it’s 76 years.
To license a car in Beijing or Shanghai, there is a lottery system. Over three million people last April competed for the fewer than 6,500 license plates available to keep the population down. In Shanghai it cost $14,000 to enter, more than the cost of many Chinese-made cars.
In China, the engineering marvels go on and on. (Sorry I have no photo of the newest and biggest marvel. It’s a bridge called the Beipanjiang Bridge, the world’s highest at 1,854 feet over the Beipan River (equivalent height to a 200-story building). That sight of that bridge in the distance would make my knees quiver, and, I’d hope never to have to drive over it.
It’s a 15-hour flight from the U.S. to China. Grueling yes, but, kudos to the Chinese. Their efforts make urge us to get on with rebuilding the U.S.