My working home in Southern China
29 Aug 2011
What city do you live in? What neighborhood?
Today I thought I would review some of my photos form inside China. This is Guandong Province in the southern section of China. This area borders Hong Kong to the north along the Pearl River delta. The economic strength of this area can be seen in the various factories located throughout this region. Every item from shoes to iPads find their manufacturing birthplace here.
Here too is the changing face of the home of China. As the rapid growth reaches out from the older cities, transition comes quickly. You can see it in the construction of homes and shops. People get pushed to the edges before new life springs up in new homes.
The rubble of former farm villages will be built over and rubbish will be placed underground. The need for the space overwhelms the casual observer; however, those farmers have likely only taken up temporary living to be near some crops or jobs in the factories.
What are some adjectives that describe your neighborhood?
China, construction, junk, pollution, new, homes, apartments, factories, boom
How long have you lived there, and what brought you there?
11 years off and on while working as a programmer and manager. Life is good for me here.
What is your favorite thing about this place? Your least favorite?
Favorite things are the Cantonese foods. Most unliked is the air quality --but that is changing.
Do you feel that you belong there?
I feel I understand the lifestyle, haiya, em goy.
What is the most common misconception about where you live?
What is a special fact about your city that you have to live there to know?
24 hour Cantonese dim sum places are fantastic.
What aspect of your city do you secretly love?
The long morning walks while the old men drink cha.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The summer is hot and humid, but the winter is nice relative to the northern USA.