Chongqing: under construction

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Chongqing is growing rapidly. Currently Chongqing ‘proper’ has a a population of 9 million and it is expected to grow to 10 million by 2025 ( This rapid growth means construction zones are everywhere. There was a subway construction operation going on outside our hotel. I wish I had taken a photo each day to document the progress, because the speed at which they are getting it done largely with manual labour was impressive. One of the most fascinating things to watch is the men who carry construction materials – even massive street lampposts using bamboo poles.

When I looked it up I found out that this is common practice in Chongqing and they are called “bang-bang Jun” (pronounced bung-bung). They work at construction sites and they do deliveries throughout the city and can be seen carrying massive loads.

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