This time of year, I usually write a post about the changes on our familiar skyline. The beautiful diamond building showing progress year to year. That diamond now plays host to concerts and shows, a far cry from the hole in the ground it was a few years ago.
Last May, we moved from that south & east facing apartment with the diamond view. We got a new outlook on life and on Shenyang. My favorite daily view is the Ke Pu Science Park. It is a wonder, a living thing that moves and changes every hour of every day. Tai qi, basketball, ping pong, balloons, pond life, walkers and exercisers, kite flyers, dancing clubs and walking clubs, bird statues that light up at night … Public parks all over China are a wonder.
Here are some recent shots of our views in Shenyang, plus one more recent sunrise in the Instagram feed to the left. Enjoy.
To walk this city
at my pace
I see me.
I am glorious blue, and polluted gray, shades among.
I am determined and loud, lost and exactly in place, silent and moving,
I belong and I don’t. Who knew?
It knew. This city knew.
This is what 110 stories looks like in the early stages. A massive hole in the ground. Cranes constantly moving. More scaffolding than you could imagine. Trucks driving in and out at all hours. Workers, workers, so many workers.
After a walk in Qingnian Park (post to come later), I ventured up to the lobby of Grand Hyatt Shenyang. It is one of the best views on a very good day, not only to see our TV tower and the big city, but it has the best view of the pit.
Bao Neng is bringing 110 stories to Shenyang. In a city where construction is constant, this one is king.
Another year has passed, so make that 4 in Shenyang. Once again, here are some comparisons of our view. No more cranes over the diamond. A few more buildings to look at. Same traffic. Next year, our view will be different, but we’ll get to that.