China Opens World’s Longest Cross-Sea Bridge

  • metta

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    Jul 03, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    China Opens World’s Longest Cross-Sea Bridge

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    http://www.usfunds.com/investor-resources/investor-alert/

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    In only a few short years, the country has been redefining urbanization at a phenomenal scale:

    From 2005 through 2025, Chinese cities will add more than 350 million people, which is the entire population of the United States.

    More than 200 Chinese cities will have more than one million inhabitants. Europe today has 35 cities of that size.

    There will be 50,000 new skyscrapers, the equivalent of ten New York Cities.

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    Jul 03, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    It will be interesting to watch them grow. Personally, I hope they build some incredible architecture.
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    Jul 03, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    I hope they can also improve their quality of life and also hope see all chinese expressing their opinions without scared of being arrested.
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    Jul 03, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    Saw that yesterday and it is amazing what all modern engineering can do.
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    Jul 03, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    idk im very dubious about the quality of these buildings...they do it so fast it makes me wonder how resistant they are icon_confused.gif meh just my 2 cents icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 03, 2011 1:42 AM GMT
    I think is terrific and amazing. Bridging the country with this overseas bridge is awesome site!
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    Jul 03, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    If the foundation and structural engineers didn't do their jobs, their heads will literally be on the chopping block in accordance with the punishment for previous catastrophic disasters. This is an amazing feat. I would have loved to have been involved with the soil sampling & testing and the design studies.
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    Jul 03, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    Alansf2001_UCLA saidI hope they can also improve their quality of life and also hope see all chinese expressing their opinions without scared of being arrested.
    Just a hunch, but I figure that'll probably happen, as the US continues to decline into a less tolerant govt and people.

    Maybe I'll retire in China...who knows... icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 03, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    So, all this construction and growth will create greater levels of pollution and industrial waste than already exists in China. Will cities like Beijing just become unlivable due to the deteriorated air quality? As splendid as their plans sound, I hope they do it responsibly.
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    Jul 03, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Not to come off as a bleeding heart, but I'd like to see more green earth and blue seas. icon_redface.gif
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    Jul 03, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    I lived in China for 2 years and seeing things like this terrify me. There is absolutely no standard of quality, all the manual labor is done by a never-ending cycle of poorly educated and lazy men (and women) who could hardly care less about the finished product, but I suppose neither would you if you were being paid $8 a day... if that.

    The result of the rapid flux in population will be devastating. The chinese have little care for anything outside their bubble and environmentally, alone, the consequences of rapid urbanization will go down in history as a literal raping of the planet and it's resources. Earlier this year, I spent 2 hours in Xi'an during a layover. Never in my life have I seen air that was literally brown. I could not wait to get back on that plane and out of that chemical haze.

    I hope that chinese leaders soon realize the necessity for an immediate overhaul of their ways. Just wait, China is going to screw us all.
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    Jul 03, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    China becoming a world player hinges on its ability to sustain its current growth rate, which at 10% per year, is unsustainable. Big problems lie ahead for China, financially and otherwise.

    (I'll probably have a bag put over my head and dragged out of my house in the middle of the night for saying that)
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    Jul 03, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    while thats pretty impresive. just makes you wonder if it was built properly. just remember back in 2008 the Sichuan earthquake leveled most of the buildings and that was a 8.0 (2011 Sendai, JP earthquake was 9.0 most buildings were standing still). So its a trade off quick and crappy, or slow and good.
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    Jul 03, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Overpopulation is a serious thing. I picture the Earth like a big dog who is being infested with fleas. The dog is about to shake, scratch and do whatever it has to do to get rid of the "fleas" which is man.
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    Jul 03, 2011 5:18 AM GMT
    acousticpunk saidI lived in China for 2 years and seeing things like this terrify me. There is absolutely no standard of quality, all the manual labor is done by a never-ending cycle of poorly educated and lazy men (and women) who could hardly care less about the finished product, but I suppose neither would you if you were being paid $8 a day... if that.

    The result of the rapid flux in population will be devastating. The chinese have little care for anything outside their bubble and environmentally, alone, the consequences of rapid urbanization will go down in history as a literal raping of the planet and it's resources. Earlier this year, I spent 2 hours in Xi'an during a layover. Never in my life have I seen air that was literally brown. I could not wait to get back on that plane and out of that chemical haze.

    I hope that chinese leaders soon realize the necessity for an immediate overhaul of their ways. Just wait, China is going to screw us all.


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    Everything you said is absolutely accurate and something most people will never realize unless they have lived here.

    Also, Xi'an is absolutely the most miserable city I have ever been to. The air is so polluted you literally can't see a building that is 2 blocks down the street. Even on clear days, the sky is still scorched, the sun just a dim yellow light source coming through the smog. The scary thing is, there are hundreds of cities you've never even heard of like this in china.
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    Jul 03, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    It's not the longest bridge in the world. The longest bridge is here in New Orleans.... http://www.wwl.com/Causeway-official--Chinese-bridge-no-record-breake/10256962
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    Jul 03, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    So sad to see for America, the Causeway over lake Pontchartrain between New Orleans and Mandeville loses its title. Congrats China!