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Concretis

During last few decades China has been building everything what there is to be built on unprecedented scale. Incredible amounts of bridges, roads, residential buildings become real across the country especially in less developed western provinces. For at least a decade the pace of construction has sped up so much that there’s no single country even approaching the quantity of […]

RIP Laoximen

Excrescence It is not a secret that Shanghai is a modern and cosmopolitan city by international standards. Without a doubt it can be called a global metropolis with all economic indicators and standards of living growing for recent decades. Before coming here for the first time I had wondered whether there are any historical and non-commercial neighbourhoods still left. Turned […]

Shanghai in the time of plague

Thinking about writing this post I couldn’t get out of my head a picture-meme of Kermit the Frog. In the first picture Kermit is laughing jeeringly, the caption says: Europe two weeks ago. In the second picture Kermit is biting his lips, not laughing anymore and the caption says: Europe now. So what can I say. Nobody in Europe is […]

Collectivity strong in the nation

Especially when we talk about countryside and when there’s need for a whole village manpower to unite in one cause. I was lucky enough to witness such event in one of Yunnan Bai minority villages last year. Having hidden from rain, I noticed gathering of people at one of the courtyards. At closer glimpse I realised that villagers were striving […]