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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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