ok, so back to China… Dalian to be exact.
Dalian is the perfect example of Chinese urban bullshitism.
About a decade ago, some mayor decided to upgrade the huge industrial city, into a wanna be western yuppie haven who lives solely off the cheap labor and industry. The fabric of Chinese cities, based on street level multi-functionality, street vending of everything and semi-organised Anarchy, has been replaced with western zoning in Chinese scaling. The scale is a huge factor here, the simplistic idea of a financial downtown, with surrounding residential areas, just doesn’t work in a city of 6 million (legal residents, I will talk some about the chinese illegal immigration on the Shaxi episode), well it doesn’t work at all, but that’s another discussion…
The downtown area alone is as big as the whole of the Tel Aviv monicipality… it is impossible to walk from anywhere to anywhere within the “center” (unless you’re on vacation and can spend your time endlessly) and though the transportation is cheap, and pretty convenient (English station names) it has completely killed the street markets, the public dancing and exercise and the whole fabric of Chinese society. The few residential areas that have survived in the city center, as i was told, they are all planned to be evicted, as did their neighbors back in the 90′s.
Its not that i am a nostalgic or anti progress, but the way that the city just completely turned it’s back on the residents in order to pull on a foreign facade while deleting the history, the residents and their future…
But enough of that, in with the flix!
this is cool!
just a bit too much on the return to classisism tip…
what is having good public facilities?
and this is a KKKFC…
mazaltof! its the wedding center of the universe! (aka xinghai square, the biggest square in the world)
ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF CHINA BLOGGIN’:
part one of the three Ningbo posts!