The Chinese government is busy removing Hutong’s before the Summer 2008 Olympics come to Beijing. They are going to be a way of life from the past. They are crowded but offered a unique type of urban life.
The Chinese government is working hard to make Shanghai the financial center of all of Asia. They have spent a lot of money and time meticulously planning every aspect of its development at their Urban Planning Center. All housing, arterial roads, business areas, sports centers are placed carefully on a huge map.It was incredible to see their plan being built and well into construction.
We spent about 1 ½ hours talking to an architect involved in building Jin Mao Tower. The design comes from a Chinese pagoda. Feng Shui was incorporated into the design and landscaping. It is one of the 10 tallest buildings on Earth.
I traveled across China for 3 weeks, visiting 9 cities. There were very few bright and sunny days. The air quality across China was generally poor except right after a heavy rain when the air was washed clean of all the smog. I was grateful for the rain so I could breathe more easily.