Thursday, January 01, 2009

They've Got It Covered

The man/woman power present here in Beijing and beyond never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes it seems like different tasks--tasks that no one anywhere else would even consider taking on--are accomplished overnight. There are many jobs and many people to do them...and they do them well.

Take the latest seemingly impossible task...protecting plant life from winter's chill. Workers have constructed all types of coverings to protect bushes, shrubs, and trees by wrapping them individually, building structures around them, and covering them with tarps or, in the case of large trees, constructing tall wind breaks that block the northwest winds.

While of course not every single plant is given full treatment, the numbers that are are truly impressive. I guess it's a part of this "waste not, want not" mentality. In my mind, I'm looking forward to the spring when all of these "packages" will be unwrapped, revealing the beauty and freshness of new growth.

And I thought putting up all that snow fencing on the National Mall was a big job!



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