Studies have shown that 40 million foreign born residents live in the US.
It is meant not so much as a travelogue as a snapshot of what is going on in an economic juggernaut. Since I was last in the country twelve years ago, much has changed.
Reading journals is one thing. Walking the streets is another. Well, a small part of it. Like Chengdu, it is largely new and, as cities go, quite agreeable At risk of sounding like a shameless flack for Chinese infrastructure, I can report that the rail station in Chengdu was huge, attractive, well-designed, brightly lit, and full of people.
I know, I know, I keep saying things like this. Well, dammit, they are true. Apparently Chengdu wants to be an international city and someone thought about it.
Anyway, the train pulled in and looked like a freaking rocketship. We boarded and found it to be clean and comfortable, with most of the seats filled.
Off we went, almost in silence, and shortly were sailing through countryside. At a cool miles an hour. It was like stepping into a future world. I thought about buying one of these trains and entering it in Formula One, but I suspect that it would not corner well.
You can book here. Fast rail is hardly unique to China, but the scale is. So far there are 17, miles of fast rail in China, aiming at 24, by The Shanghai maglev line reaches mph.
The Chinese passengers seemed no more impressed by the train than by a city bus. They are used to them. They think such trains are normal. As an American, I was internally embarrassed.
It was not uncomfortable, but slow, appearing to use about technology. We went through the mountains often at barely more than a walking pace. There were until recently regular flights from Chengdu to Chongqing.
When rail went live, the flights died. Nobody wanted the hassle and expense of flying. Here is much of why the US has not one inch of fast rail: It would kill of a lot of business for politically well connected airlines.
For example, Chinese fast rail from DC to Manhattan would close down air service in about fifteen minutes. Fast rail between many American cities would be faster than flying when you added in getting to the airport hours before, and from the destination airport to the city afterward.
And much more agreeable. On another day we rented a car and driver and drove three hours to a town near the Tibetan border. A tourist burg, it was not interesting, but the ride was. The highways were up to American standards, when America had standards.
The astonishment began when we reached the mountains. The American response to mountains usually is to go over them or around them through valleys.
This is not unreasonable, but neither is it the Chinese way. This was done in two parallel tunnels, each carrying two lanes in one direction or another.
We crossed them on bridges or elevated highways.Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian, photographer and blogger. As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria.
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