This is a normal Saturday. It is cloudy.
Ihad a short walk with Wendy near my home in Pudong.
This is a normal place in Pudong. Here are some random photos I took today. This is the beginning of 2007. I am very sure that after 1 year, the view will completely change. Who can predict what is going to happen in China these days? Take a look at these pictures.
Below: Women formed a dancing team to practice before the Hymall. They have drums and loud music. I am so happy that my apartment is still 2 minutes walk away from where they dance.
This is typically bricks on the sidewalk in Shanghai. It rained yesterday, so some parts are wet. The sidewalk is pretty clean now, since the Chengshan 成山 road was just completed one year ago. It is a pretty empty road now. Who knows what it may happen after 1 year, when the road extends to the east, and forms the backbone of the road system in Pudong?
Above: In the next one hour and a half, I am wandering in this area. This park was still not finished. 1 year ago, this area was a typically Pudong village, and one year later, it becomes a park. These two pictures are similar, taken from the 20th floor of a building nearby.
Above: On the north side of the building, high-raise residential areas have been completed. You can see how many buildings there. On the south and west of this building, it is still a construction site. I will show you soon. However, it is for sure that the area I show later will become the same in 2 years.
Construction site #1. Look at those big tube? It is the natural gas station, and there is a big yellow place? I don’t know what it is.
Construction site #2. There are many big machines like this around where I live. Construction is going on everywhere.
Above: This is a new bridge. As you can see from the picture, it is not completed. I am expecting the bridge to be completed within one month.
This is the water gate, the old one. According to the construction plan, this will become a river within the residential area. The water gate will be removed.
Above: This is the prototype of a new road. The road will extend to connect with the current road near my apartment, which was completed the last year.
Above: Construction site, again.
Look at this river. Boats are coming from the East China Sea and going to the Huangpu River. The area south of the river is still not developed yet.
Above: This is the completed park.
Change! Change! Change!
The reason I posted these pictures is to show people who are not in this city the sense of change.
On this land, change is happening on daily basis, instead of yearly. I am going to take some pictures the same time the next year to show you the changes. All the buildings are expected to finish the next year, and all the roads.
Shanghai and China is developing in a amazing speed. When people run, it is very clear that the old system needs to catch up with the economical growth. Just remember, there are more than 160 metro stations under construction concurrently in Shanghai.