Guangzhou City through the lens of an architect

| September 17th, 2014
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When the famous Guangzhou East Tower was reaching 100m in 2013, Da Xin joined the construction team as a site engineer. From then on, he has been photographing the ever changing landscape of Guangzhou City from the top of the new born skyscraper.

Everyday Da Xin goes there to check the construction progress and supervise safety and quality. He recalls one day in April when he was inspecting the tower top at a 400m height, suddenly there was lightening and thunders [...]Read more…

Three foreigners hired as Chengguan volunteers in Hefei

| July 18th, 2012
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From Sina:.

July 14, 2012, at Hefei, Jawad from Afghanistan, Prince from Central Africa and Qinbo from South Africa are patrolling the streets. On the same day, Hefei Xinghua Village street government hired three foreign friends as City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau volunteers. After the simple letter of appointment issue ceremony, the three foreigners changed into Chengguan (City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau) uniform, let by city management staff and started to experience “City Management Law Enforcement” work.

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Building cement cones under highway bridge to drive out homeless

| July 5th, 2012
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From Netease:

Affecting the city’s image with homeless people sleeping under the bridge, it was reported that some people in Guangzhou built cement cones to discourage people to sleep over there, which lead to a hot discussion in Weibo. Reporters from Nandu daily discovered that the underneath area of a number of bridges and viaducts in Guangzhou, Baiyun and Tianhe were covered with cement cones. However, no department or unit step forward and took credit.

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Two female urban management officers fight on street, netizens make fun

| May 13th, 2011
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From Netease:

"城管Chengguan" (Urban management officer) is officer who is in charge of enforcement of urban management of the city. This can cover a wide range of affairs, such as environment, city appearance bylaws, pollution control and so on. Yet for some reasons, chengguans perceived as gang members with badges are mostly associated with city appearance bylaws alone and the public seems to have a rather negative opinion towards them: confiscating poor street vendors’ goods, violent treatment to the street vendors, [...]Read more…

Pedestrian crossing runs through grass and trees, walkway for the blind leads into river

| September 17th, 2010
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(From QQ) Recently, a netizen from Zhengzhou posted in a forum, “The most awesome zebra crossing in the history found in Zhengzhou”.  This intersection is Nansan Road and  Fengzhuang Road in Zhengzhou.

According to reporter, this pedestrian crossing that runs through grass and trees does exist.  Zhengzhou City traffic police officer Wang Zhiyong said, about a year ago the zebra crossing was added to Fengzhuang Road.  The police has received complains and now is contacting the construction company to correct [...]Read more…

Stray dogs, staying dogs

| May 29th, 2010
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Where there are demolitions, there are stray dogs. Starting from Qing Hai Ying 3 years ago, stray dogs left in the reconstruction areas become common scenes in Beijing. While their owners move on to new lives in new homes, sadly these once beloved dogs are left behind, facing the rubbles of the old home as well as their unforeseeable future.

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Severe rainstorm questions Guangzhou City’s drainage system

| May 7th, 2010
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How to decide whether a country is a developed country or a developing one? Taiwanese essayist and cultural critic Lung Ying-tai proposed a simple way: when there is a rainstorm that last for 3 hours or so, take a walk, if you find the legs of your trousers are wet but not muddy, the traffic is slow but not jammed, the streets are slippery but not waterlogged, this is probably a developed country; on the other hand if you find [...]Read more…