How Do You Spell “Monstrosity”?

Having just returned from an epic American road trip, and having traveled to Beijing and Shanghai in June, I can’t seem to write about anything but the building under construction out my window.  This enormous curiosity has boggled my mind for months now.  At this point, it seems a blemish on the skyline, and it certainly distorts my view of the river.  But every day I watch with fascination.  I see the massive cranes, the gigantic metal tubes, the tiny ant workers walking precariously to and fro.  And when they weld into the nighttime hours, it’s like a fireworks show.

Pan told me that it will be a business center, for offices, etc.  I tried to spread a rumor that it was an amusement park, or maybe I should tell people it is the Birds Nest II.  Oooh, our very own Water Cube.  I’m trying to imagine what the facade will be.  Or maybe that is the facade and now they’ll construct the building inside.  Stay tuned.

As I write this, I can see someone welding while protecting himself from the typhoon rains with a blue tarp.  That’s nothing new though.  Another Shenyang expat posted a picture a couple of weeks ago of a welder protecting himself from rain with a cardboard box.

Maybe I’m mislabeling by calling it a monstrosity.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  But it is abnormal, an oddity, a bit of a freak in its own right.  That’s probably why I like it.

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I started this blog in 2010 as we prepared to move to Shenyang China. Since coming back to the US in 2015, my writing has been less consistent. Trying to find a voice here...

2 thoughts on “How Do You Spell “Monstrosity”?”

  1. Julie, it’s always great to get your blogs and compare them with the pictures of China that we are getting from media. Everyone seems impressed by the building fever. But I’ve noticed it here, too.

    Your welders remind me of one who was refinishing the woodwork in a small hotel we stayed in near the British Museum in London. He was using a blow torch while a sheer curtain was on the window! We really should have changed hotels.

    I’m glad you and Lucy were able to get together while you were here. It’s always good to hear from you.

    Joy and peace, Eunice Youngblood

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