In a modern Chinese city the old is dispersed amongst the new. Skyscrapers can be seen peaking out from between the roof tops in a Chinese garden, as a backdrop for a bridge that we have seen decorating Chinese crockery that is ancient, and from within the Forbidden city again the city impinges on the old palace.
The old, unless of historical significance, is quickly being replaced by new. To see what looks to be a shanty town in the middle of the city will soon be a thing of the past.
Areas like these are being razed to the ground and new apartment blocks are being erected in their place. The teams travel from site to site, living on the job and from destruction to end of construction is only a matter of weeks.
With most looking similar in appearance, putting me in mind of the old Malvina Reynolds song written about the housing that was being constructed in the 1960s.
For me, although I was awestruck by the high rise in Shanghai by both day and night
it is the old buildings that intrigue me most. The China that I read about as a child. The Grand canal, a feat of an early Sui emperor (604 – 609) – an amazing piece of engineering and linked major cities to each other for trade. The smaller canals all linked to it and here people lived in some ways as they had for years but on a close look some luxuries such as air conditioning exist. A great co-existence – the new with the old.