The first five photos in this post were taken in Xi’an. When we drove from the airport into the centre of the city (remember the lovely city wall from 5 posts ago?) there were hundreds and hundreds of unfinished multi-storey buildings. Not only unfinished, but no work going on at them. Most had a building crane beside or on top of them. We never did get a straight answer as to why there were so many buildings in that state in Xi’an. I have since read one article that suggested that some cities had overbuilt, expecting influxes of rural Chinese, which had failed to materialize.
So, what is the national bird of China? A Building Crane.
We saw unfinished buildings in other cities, but nowhere near the number we saw in Xi’an.
Here is a finished building, paying homage to an iconic landmark in a European city!
Our tour included one high-speed train ride: from Xi’an ‘s centre-of-city station to Louoyang. I wish we could have done all our long internal trips by train; they are so much more efficient than airplanes and airports. These two shots were done through the train window – moving at somewhat less than the highest speed the train was capable of. The thing to note is all the localized burning – no wonder China is full of smog.
Next post: A reblog of another blogger’s comments on empty cities.