Photos from Chinese countryside: going out of Changsha city
According to a study, Changsha is one of the cities in China where you live best.
I share this analysis even though I fear the "modernization" of Changsha and for the near future:
- You can still get out of Changsha in 40 minutes and get fresh air, good food, fish...
- Rental prices in Changsha are still relatively moderate as compare to coastal cities
- In Changsha you can still use a car or a scooter to go to work. Of course there are a few traffic jams at rush hour but the construction of the subway will help a lot.
- In Changsha people are not too stressed and generaly quite nice. I remember Shanghai people bumping on you on the street, no apologizes, angry stares... Or 3 hours stuck in some giant traffic jam in Beijing.
Rice culture and small hills
In the background you can see the new fast train line: my God! :-(
The countryside is threatened with new motorway, new fast train lines, new buildings, countryside inhabitant leaving for cities suburbs.
I didn't take pictures as I have respect for people: in this small village near Changsha no one is left except old people. Many old women (their husbands are already gone). They speak some local dialect can not understand my terrible Chinese foreigner accent. They wanted to offer me eggs and tea.
I went to have a closer look at the fast train railway.
Changsha is a flat city.
However Hunan is hilly! You can see so many small hills. A beautiful countryside: between hills you have rice cultures, small lakes...
A typical Hunan countryside view
Here fishes in the valley
In fact 30 years ago Changsha was also not flat but a succession of small hills: all was flatten using bulldozer!
As the city extend, countryside changes.
On this picture you see how hills are flattened in order to build some modern buildings! What misery!