Excuse my Absence.. I have been Traveling

Saturday, August 25, 2007 9:29
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While it may seem impossible, for the first time in 6 months I failed to write a single post for 5 days. Of course, I have had a good reason…..

Fly to Beijing (12 hours), drive to Tianjin and visit parks with clients 36 hours, fly to Shangahi then drive to Suzhou (36 hours), a day in Shanghai to meet engineers and laywers (24 hours), back to Beijing for conference (72 hours), and finally back to Shanghai.

Before I am back on board fully, I need to ease back into things slowly and have found this Youtube clip to help me out.

For those that have not seen for themselves the growth in China, it may sometimes be hard to comprehend what one is reading online or in print. My return to Beijing this week after about 18 months was another reminder of just how quickly things change… and my visit to Tianjin provided a glimpse of just how much change is left to be seen.

What I really enjoy about this movie, besides the music (turn up the volume), is that whoever put this clip together brought together the plans for future infrastructural projects around the country.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2WQapducrg[/youtube]

Sure, it seems ambitious, but when meeting with Hangzhou government officials 5 years ago about their new master plan I never thought that the 5 km2 of land they had cleared would really ever be cleared and built into a new CBD either…. I keep the map, the master plan, and the funding proposal they put in front of me as a reminder of just how wrong I was.

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