Today is Saturday and a cultural visit day. The business visits are behind us, but the lessons learned continue to resonate as we move through the city of Shanghai.
On this next to last day we were faced with a prime example of the disparity found in China. We visited the area of construction for what will be the second tallest building in the world. It sits in an area that was once rice paddies and is now a fully developed modern economic center. And this was completed, infrastructure and all, in just 7 years. A shining marvel and achievement to all that Chins is capable. The country and culture that built the Great Wall and The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
We then visited the Jade Buddha Temple, a direct connection to China’s past, surrounded by the impoverished begging for change. These two sites sit in the same city, on opposite banks of the river, but are an excellent symbol of what China was, is, and could become. China has the potential to, literally, move mountains to create cities, but it has to develop a way to encourage the population to become independent and self-motivated.
A huge population that awaits instruction for the next project is just a tool and cannot yield the rewards that a large population of motivated entrepreneurs with the resources of the country behind
|Shanghai Tower under construction|
This is a working temple and with the traffic it is unfortunate that so many of the ancient screens and religious icons are being worn away as coins being jammed into crevices in the artwork will eventually wear it away until it is unrecognizable.
This was one last chance to see a major Chinese industry…and buy something for a negotiated price of course.
At the end of the day a group of us decided that we wanted a final sushi dinner, the one thing that we had not had our entire trip. We located a high end restaurant with an all-you-can-eat and all-the-beer-you-could-drink for a phenomenal last dinner.