Just across this very large way, the Forbidden City is even bigger. Huge buildings with exquisite detailing dazzle and awe. Built in 14 years from 1407 to 1421—took a million workers. Way cool.
accountants. The accountants must have been very important to your average Chinese emperor because these buildings were intricate indeed: slathered in gold—real gold--and minutely carved with colorful dragons and phoenixes.
The smallest were bigger than our 20,000 square foot factory building; the biggest were 10 times that size.
Walking up the steep road to reach the Great Wall there are more than 200 identical vendor stalls selling identical cheep souvenirs, tee shirts, hats, knickknacks, assorted dreck and tchotchkas--all Made in China. From each one a woman hawks "hello mister, hello lady, tee shirts one dolla, look at this, one dolla, umbrella one dolla, two tee shirts one dolla, three shirts one dolla...." All the while shaking the item in your face. I surmised that this was the Great Wall-Mart
Beijing is a huge modern city complete with lots of expensive new cars. Gogan had a new Audi sedan. Lots of good stores and restaurants. For us there is no evidence of poverty or communism. There is also no evidence of dogs or cats in the street, or birds either. What’s up with that?
The rich have always known how to take care of themselves. Today in Beijing the once-poor are scrambling to catch up.