Beauty in the Midst of Concrete




  “For as the earth puts forth her blossom or bushes in the garden burst forth into flower, so shall the Lord God make righteousness and praise blossom before all the nations.”  Isaiah 61:11


Some of the most beautiful sites we witnessed in China were gardens tucked away behind concrete walls & steel buildings and art galleries  inserted into the median along major freeways.  I was captivated by the strategic randomness of art and beauty both in the cities and along the highways seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  There were magnificent sculptures interspersed with fruit groves and beautiful canals all along highways weaved like spider webs in rings upon rings.  Ivy dotted the overpasses and hung down amidst Magnolia trees.  High rises row after row, were mixed in with small farms followed by electrical high wires connecting industrial zones like preschoolers in a line holding fast to a rope. 


“Made in China” is a familiar phrase in America so I expected to see countless factories here.  What surprised me is how they are so often concealed by stair step layers of giant evergreen trees & weeping willow, blooming shrubs, & flower beds.  Brings new meaning to the term “industrial PARK”.   


Despite the fact that I was in cities of 17 million & 14 million residents, I was impressed with a permeating sense of pride among the Chinese.  Where is the litter?  And for that matter, where are the homeless? 

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