Four young boys play outside the apartment buildings that they call home, on the eastern edge of the Qiaodong district
Monday, December 31, 2007
A narrow "nong tang" (alley) in the center of the city, crowded with vendors stalls serving "take-out" or "eat-in" meals.
At the end of the alley on the street oppersite is a large KFC 'restaurant'
Overlooking a "man made' lake (highly polluted) an old factory seemingly deserted but very much in use 24 hours a day, belching out pollutants in the already dirty atmosphere.
This factory is one of many in and around the city that produces large quantities of domestic ceramics
No words are needed - Just action - Free the people of Burma
As we (the world) continue(s) to watch and be interested in the situation in Burma - The world is also preparing to go to Beijing next year - China (Beijing) continues to "crack-down" on so called political disidents, execute and "disappear" its citizens
View looking east across the rooftops of the "Hutong" (Traditional Chinese alley dwellings) over the Hanjiang and into Chaozhou.
These buildings may look 'romantic' to the casual observer but infact it is a "slum" in the true sense of the word, power cuts (if a "house" is connected to the power grid), little or no services including garbage collection, sewage on the streets, no running water (most of these house still use small wells - if a 'house' has water it is un drinkable) the list goes on -
A romantic view yes, but with no or little care by the government for "its people" (Peoples Government?)
Pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death, the Ministry of Health says. Ambient air pollution alone is blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.
Nearly 500 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
Chinese cities often seem wrapped in a toxic gray shroud
Only 1 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breathe air considered safe by the European Union - and only a very small percentage of the 1.4 billion people have access to clean and safe drinking water.
Environmental woes that might be considered catastrophic in some countries can seem commonplace in China: industrial cities where people rarely see the sun; children killed or sickened by lead poisoning or other types of local pollution.
China’s problem has become the world’s problem.
Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides spewed by China’s coal-fired power plants fall as acid rain on Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo. Much of the particulate pollution over Los Angeles originates in China, most of the government’s targets for energy efficiency, as well as improving air and water quality, have gone unmet. And there are ample signs that the leadership is either unwilling or unable to make fundamental changes.
Coal, on which China relies for about two-thirds of its energy needs cause "acid rain" and many other environmental problems (It has abundant supplies of coal and already burns more of it than the United States, Europe and Japan combined). But even many of its newest coal-fired power plants and industrial furnaces operate inefficiently and use pollution controls considered inadequate in the West.
A middle aged woman carries her grandson in the afternoon heat whilst also holding two plastic bags, near the "west" gate of Hanshan University in the Qiaodong district of Chaozhou, Guangdong, China
At the end of the day - coming home after work or school - The "mass" of people come together not only to shop but to do what we all do be a part of a group at a small "street market" in the Xiangqiao district
In modern China 'collectivism' is a part of everyday life - Individualism has almost been completly erased from the peoples consciousness.
Students make their way home along a busy "backstreet" in the Qiaodong district
According to the WHO (World Health Organization) 600 people die per day in car accidents and 45000 are injured on the roads in China. Ranking the country top in the world for both the death toll and the death rate.
In a country where most of the people have to walk or use a bicycle or motorcycle because they cannot afford a private car, the increasingly busy roads will make them more vulnerable to death or injury. The figure is accelerating by 10 per cent every year.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Early in the morning two women ride their "biketruck" through the narrow 'nong tang's, (alley's) near Hanshan University
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Early in the morning, a couple sit by their small stall in the Xiangqiao in the center of the city.
I've often seen this couple at their stall - they specialize in a "local delicacy", cold rice noodles - This might sound a little odd to a 'western palate' but I can assure you that the noodles are really good - It took me a few weeks to have the "courage" to try them but once eaten never forgotten.