Sunday, September 16, 2007

Travelling from Hangzhou to Shanghai on rail

Taking an one-hour train journey from Hangzhou to Shanghai was quite an experience because of the sights of the ordinary masses in China on the move with their luggages and of the views of the semi-urban areas that lay in between two cities, and my first impression was that the massive and complex system of railways in the region, including the crowd management and public security in the stations, is very well developed and efficiently organised. Managing crowds, especaially in open space, to maintain social peace and stability has been an uniquely central concern for all types of governments at all levels since time immemorial in the most populous nation on earth.

Feeling heavenly on West Lake's earthly bank


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