From The Virtual China Blog:
“Have you ever seen such a fancy government building? Seeing the broad, stylish square in front of the Tai’An Municipal Government [in Shandong province], who would still dare to say that we Chinese are poor?!”
An example of what’s driving the Chinese economy: massive real estate projects intended to project power, respect, and wealth. Apparently also a topic of some interest to Chinese BBS readers, nearly 200,000 of whom have read this thread posted on the Netease BBS on September 18. [Full Text]
See a related post “Photo series: The most extravagant district government in the world (Update)” from May.