The huge construction work next to our neighbourhood has been banging on for months now, and will apparently be continuing for 2 years to come! This huge pile-driver [left] appeared outside our back window last week and spent 4 days hammering pylons into the ground. It was so noisy I couldn't hear the music playing in my headphones Thankfully it has moved further away now and the din has dimmed.
We live at "A" below, and the circled buildings are what is being constructed. It seems like we ourselves won't be overlooked by the finished offices as such and, being on the second floor, we may not even be able to see the buildings over the wall which separates us from them. And, of course, we may have left China by the time it is all finished! But for now, it's noisy, polluting and very annoying.
A bigger digger?
The workmen continue to dig up our neighbourhood, laying lengths of large water run-off pipes. JD is enjoying watching all the digger action, but boy - it ain't 'alf noisy!!
We live on the highest of three levels of housing in our neighbourhood. We've noticed the other lower two are about to get their areas dug up, too. But at least that won't be as disruptive for us!
Can you dig it?
A dozen workmen (and women) have been digging huge trenches around our neighbourhood roads over the last week. Nobody seems to know why. JD asked one of the workers and he said he thought it was to drain excess water. But we live at the top of a hill and never get any flooding. Jiajia herself declined to ask the workers saying, "It's none of my business."!? There seem to be trucks down the hill carrying large plastic pipes, so it may well be a water thing!
Our neighbourhood continues to be upgraded. Plants now cover the garage roof opposite JD's bedroom window and the concrete square outside our front door now has a pagoda on it.
Ain't that the t'roof!
A dozen workers have been gradually transforming our neighbourhood over the last 2-3 weeks with no warning or explanation.
They started by removing a few trees and sawing off other overhanging branches. Then they went around all the flower beds ripping out 90% of the foliage there. Some of it was admittedly looking ugly and overgrown, but other areas had perfectly healthy and flowering plants (some of which Jiajia quickly rescued before they were disposed of). They have now dug trenches in the earth to lay cables (for something ...we're not sure if it is water or electrics or...?). And yesterday they were ripping up all the growth above the garages which our flat looks down upon. We are hoping they will plant something nice there in time. So, alongside the repair of drains, clearing years of accumulated rubbish behind our flats and painting all the buildings, these seem to be positive improvements to our neighbourhood. Fingers crossed.
Multiple Marble Machine
Two days of junk construction! We have four different routes for the marbles to roll down, all ending in the same collection box. The kids in the neighbourhood loved playing with it once it was finished! This is the sort of thing which happens when you get quarantined for three weeks!!
Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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