Thursday, May 12, 2016

May. 12, 2016
Rudi Kiefer

“Hefei is very urban,” said my friend Sonia Robles of the Humanities Department in a recent conversation.

Quite an understatement!

Hefei , in China’s Anhui Province, is mind-numbingly, mega-city-maximously urbanized.

Apartment buildings that lend new meaning to the term “city block”...

Apartment buildings that lend new meaning to the term “city block”…

construction that never seems to be putting up “just one” high-rise building...

construction that never seems to be putting up “just one” high-rise building…

...and work in progress that will tunnel underneath most of Hefei , providing the routes for a badly needed metro subway system (bottom right in the photo).

…and work in progress that will tunnel underneath most of Hefei , providing the routes for a badly needed metro subway system (bottom right in the photo).

In the first days of my visit, I thought we had simply wandered upon “rush hour”.  But during daytime, I learned quickly, every hour is rush hour.  Quite contrary to the term, there won’t be a rush at all when your bus or car sits in the traffic jam with several thousand other rushes.  Note the characteristic little urban haze over the city, reminiscent of our own Atlanta.

Portrait of a future
Brenau Nursing Major:
“Sylvia” Zhang Xinruo

"Sylvia" Zhang Xinruo

“Do you think my English will be good enough?” Sylvia asks, characteristically underestimating her abilities. As the daughter of a corporate buyer and a corporate accountant, this first-year student from Hefei City is used to planning ahead and consulting with teachers as well as peers. “I hope to find an employment opportunity in the USA someday as a family nurse”, she says.

The possibility of using principles from Chinese Medicine in combination with Western medical care holds a fascination for her.

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