Saturday, July 12, 2008

This Giant Doesn't Sleep

11:45pm Friday night in Nanjing

Standing on the balcony of my hotel, I'm enjoying a lovely cool breeze. After a day of intermittent rain--sometimes quite heavy--the humidity has broken a bit and the air is realtively fresh.

Across the street, a construction site buzzes with activity. Spotlights glare as excavators, cranes, and dump trucks work the night away even though the nearby streets are calm. In the US, such late-night action would indicate a critical deadline having to be met, driven by a pressing public need or perhaps a fast-closing construction season window. Here in Nanjing, it's just another apartment complex going up and round the clock construction is business as usual.

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