After living here for about a week, I’m struck by the mix of old and new in this city. I could be poking around streets that make me feel like I’ve stepped into the pages of a history book, and just as I think I am fooled there is a China Mobile stand sandwiched between a stall selling hanging goat carcasses and just to the other side, a vendor with tanks of squirming eels. I suppose, though, that’s what China is all about. New facades and old traditions.
|Shanghai, 1990 and 2010. photo: Mamie Young|
Coincidentally, Diane Sawyer is covering China’s massive growth and westernization this week on ABC’s World News Tonight. From one feature story:
…Chinese engineering is speeding ahead in other areas, outdoing American efforts. By the end of next year, a train from Beijing to Shanghai will take just four hours. It will cover a distance equivalent to that between New York and Atlanta, a trip that takes Americans 18 hours…