The Greenland Plaza has now become a bit of a skyline marker in Nanjing and is visible from most of the important areas within the city. I drop the GLP probably too often…but it is like my skyscraper baby – I watched the initial foundation excavation and was present for all the major moments in it’s life…the first floors, it’s first steel beam reinforcement, it’s first glass paneling…but sadly I don’t think I will be there for it’s completion :-(
Nanjing’s developing skyline. Greenland to the left with the Nanjing International Tower (name?) right of center. That completed project will eventually have a third rather large tower in the center of the two existing units…apparently.
One of the great things about Nanjing is it’s park system, connected largely via the Ming Walls. I had been told by a professor that an urban planning problem faced by many Chinese cities was dealing with maintaining and developing public space corridors. This is especially pertinent in regards to new city development on the fringes of “old cities”.
To say that the new areas of Nanjing are well connected by public space to the older, inner Ming city is a stretch, but (I believe) the city within the walls is a good example of well-planned green public spaces, especially when one factors in the universities and tree-lined boulevards as connectors.
I was hoping to find a better map of the Ming Walls, but couldn’t seem to Google one up, so I’ll made my own. It’s not that good, but it approximates the location of the wall in relation to Xuan Wu Park (I’ve also included Purple Mountain Park as well, since the two are connected. Red is the wall, green is the two major city parks and white is Nanjing University. Most of the Ming Wall is green space and is very good walking-cycling space.
Sometimes hammocks just aren’t enough – urban camping alongside the Ming Walls. The hammock forest – Ming Walls to the right.
No hammocks for these dudes.
When I lived in Victoria, my roommates and I would watch an show called MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge). The premise was fairly simple – take a late-80’s Japanese obstacle show and dub it with improv English.