Day 105: Old Ways

Workers construct a bamboo scaffolding in preparation for a building renovation project.

Workers construct a bamboo scaffolding in preparation for a building renovation project.

An article in yesterday’s New York Times expressed surprise at China’s use of an unsophisticated piece of technology in the search for the missing Malaysian airliner. After six months living here, I’m not the least bit surprised by the never ending contradictions that seem to be modern China. They have an aircraft carrier, but a piece of sonar equipment that looks like it came from Radio Shack. They have a magnetic levitation train that hits a peak speed of 403 Kmh (250 mph), but deliveries are still made by three-wheeled bicycle carts from another generation. And they are constructing the second tallest building in the world, but still lash together bamboo for scaffolding. China, going forward but stubbornly holding on to the past.

3 thoughts on “Day 105: Old Ways

  1. Bamboo is stronger than steel. I understand your point about the mix of new and old world, but I’m not sure the scaffolding example is a demonstration of being stubborn as much as perhaps recognizing the usefulness of an “old” technology?

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