Chongqing: A City on Steroids

Thursday, May 8, 2008 10:50
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Current TV has just released their newest installment City on Steroids, and it should not be missed.

Shot in Chongqing, this segment is broken into three parts,

  • Day 1 -Bang Bang Men (porters), rampant construction and individual home ownership (every young couples dream),
  • Day 2 – life of a bang bang man, migrant appreciation day,a trip to the market
  • Day 3 – a trip to Lifan’s car production facility, a look at the shadow that is Chongqing’s skyline, a trip to an English school to discuss the price of progress, and a last stop to visit Mr Rong’s apartment.. under the bridge.

For those that have only been to Beijing or Shanghai (particularly Shanghai), I think the most important things to understand are:
1) This grown is occurring in cities all over China: Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Kunming, Shantou, Nanchang, and countless others
2) There are large numbers of people in China who are willing to sacrifice everything to live under a bridge to eek out what they feel is a better life for themselves and their family
3) The environmental costs of the torrid pace are tremendous, and eventually Mother Nature is going to ask for the check.

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