On the way from the airport to Xi’ An we saw an apartment building under construction. And when I say an apartment building I mean a 30 or 40 story behemoth. As we got closer we realized that there were dozens of identical buildings in the same immense complex.
A mile down the road we saw another identical complex under construction. Same thing another mile down the road. And again and again and again. And to each side of us the horizon was dotted with similar complexes on each side of the highway. I tried to count the number of buildings in one complex as we drove past, but lost track at 33.
In case you think I’m exaggerating for story value, I asked Jamie how many immense apartment buildings we saw between the airport and our hotel. She said, “At least five hundred.”
To repeat, five hundred apartment buildings, each of them thirty to forty stories high, just in a regional city like Xi’ An.
Did you know that the Chinese are currently re-digging the Panama Canal to make it twice as wide? Imposing as that sounds, I’m sure it pales in comparison to the amount of building they’re doing here at home.