Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Construction


Originally uploaded by Ambling Sheep.
The pace of construction in China is simply relentless - in the UK you might see one or two buildings going up in the average city. It's no surprise to anyone who lives in China to hear statistics about China being the largest importer for Steel and Concrete in the world. I've also heard the the lifespan of a building in China is about 15 years which is far removed from the figure in the UK.

As there are new buildings being constructed on two sides of our office that seems quite plausible. Things just move so fast. I've been to shops that were in full operation one day and come back the next to find that they've been demolished.
Bamboo Scaffolding

It would seem likely that a fair amount of the steel imported goes into the production of scaffolding. There must be millions of kilometres of scaffolding in China. OK, some buildings still use Bamboo scaffolding but only for short buildings.

The biggest drawback because of the constant construction is the constant presence of dust in the atmosphere. Park outside in a light rain and your car is immediately covered in grey blotches. To keep the dust levels down there are trucks that drive around playing songs like 'Happy Birthday' and 'The Holly and The Ivy' whilst washing road, cyclists and pedestrians at the same time. So - if you're outside and hear music coming towards you - run!

6 comments:

daveitsme said...

so what does the incredibly small writing under the picture say?
is that bamoboo btw?

dB said...

That's some feature of Flickr - it doesn't even appear at all if you use Firefox which is better than IE showing it being incredibly small.

That's steel. Best bamboo shot I have is the one you sent me...

dB said...

There you go. That's the bamboo scaffolding shot now added to the post.

daveitsmebasil said...

btw i never got a credit for the photo!!

DB said...

Sorry - the bamboo scaffolding photo was taken by Basil...

basil said...

Available for weddings and barmitzvahs.... and christenings or equivalent dB!