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More China Impressions

September 14, 2012

It’s impossible to understate the role the Yangtze River plays in China’s commerce.

The barge traffic is astounding.

For example, each barge containing coal carries as much coal as is carried by an 80-car coal train in the United States.

These photos show barges carrying coal, sulfur, sand, rebar, oil, containers and a view of barge traffic.

Coal barges on Yangtze River. Photo by Dears

Gravel barge on Yangtze River. Photo by Dears

Sulfur barge on Yangtze River. Photo by Dears.

Re-bar barge on Yangtze River. Photo by Dears

Tanker barge on Yangtze River. Photo by Dears

Barges on Yangtze River. Photo by Dears

Container barge on Yangtze River. Photo by Dears

Bridges are continuing to be built across the Yangtze. Approximately 60 bridges have been built across the Yangtze since 1990. Only a half dozen were built before then, with the first being built at Wuhan in 1957. The Soviet influence is evident in the Wuhan Bridge. Before 1990, the vast amount of north-south traffic had to cross the Yangtze by ferry.

These pictures show the construction of another suspension bridge. It appears to be of a cookie-cutter design used for suspension bridges along the Yangtze River.

Suspension bridge under construction. Photo by Dears in foggy conditions

Suspension bridge under construction. Photo by Dears in foggy conditions.

Suspension bridge under construction. Photo by Dears in foggy conditions.

Suspension bridge under construction. Photo by Dears in foggy conditions.

Nearly all new residential apartment and condominium buildings up to seven stories tall are built without elevators.

This is a picture of one of the new cities built since 1998.

New city. Photo by Dears

Apartments and condominiums, at least in the areas I visited, are not built with central air conditioning and heating. Those who can afford to, buy air conditioning and electric heaters for their units. Most people dress warmly in the winter and live without central air conditioning or heat. Single family homes, of which there are quite a few, have central heating and air conditioning.

Virtually none of the apartments or condominiums includes clothes driers. The next picture shows how clothes are dried on outside balconies and also the air-conditioning units added by the condo or apartment owner.

Air-conditioning units and clothes hanging to dry. Photo by Dears

Shopping for food is mostly done daily, due to a lack of refrigerators or the use of mini-refrigerators by those who can afford them

Few examples better illustrate the amazing growth in China than the development of the Pudong area of Shanghai. This picture of the Pudong skyline is where rice paddies existed before 1990.

Pudong from Bund in Shanghai. Photo by Dears.

China’s current and future energy needs are enormous, especially when considering one of every eight children born in the world are born in China, and that most of the existing population is expected to substantially increase its usage of electricity and energy in general.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2012 4:46 pm

    The bridge is cable stayed, the modern alternative to suspension for shorter spans..
    Lots of barges!

  2. September 14, 2012 7:16 pm

    Thanks. I must admit I have always referred to these bridges as suspension bridges, but it’s obvious I’m not up to date on this matter.
    There were many, many barges. I wanted to show how important the Yangtze is for moving goods. The barges replace an untold number of trucks and trains and makes a great deal of sense.

  3. Neil E. Jones permalink
    September 16, 2012 4:12 pm

    Donn, Impressive. Thanks. Neil

  4. September 17, 2012 12:17 pm

    I plan on publishing articles over the next two Friday’s on the Three Gorges Dam

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