24 hours in the Wild West

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 04, 2006

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

I've documented living in Dongguan elswhere, More about Dongguan but I've not been in Dongguan for a while. It's changed a lot in so much as much of the building work I remember 6 months ago is completed. It's not changed at all in so much as there are new building projects everywhere, vast numbers of immigrant workers and the whole place has the feeling of a dusty frontier town. There are just a few more pockets of affluence than I remembered, a few more shiny shopping malls, and of course some good friends who I was pleased to spend the evening having a beer and a chat with. People aside though, I'm really not sure if I want to come back. Anecdotally, the place is becoming more lawless, and there are signs that the stunning growth that supported the influxes of migrants might be slowing a little and absorbing the newcomers less generously. 24 hours was enough this time!
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