The Great Eastern

by Scott conarroe



The Great Eastern captures China against the backdrop of high speed rail expansion.

The Great Eastern looks at China against the backdrop of high speed rail expansion. This sweeping infrastructure project is a domestic strand of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or One Belt One Road Initiative or New Silk Road or any number of other designations it’s had so far. Whatever the branding, it is China’s massive development strategy to promote goodwill, indebtedness and habitual compliance around the world. This sprawling high-speed network is the aspect Chinese people will experience most directly. With passengers travelling up to 350 km/h on 38,000 km of new tracks, the existing railways can be reserved for freight. China’s interior shipping capacity will effectively double over this course of this three-decade project. In the whole of human history only the US Interstate Highway System has been more extensive and expensive; approximately 77,540 km of roadway rolled out piecemeal between 1956 and 1992. Conarroe calls the high-speed network a “time machine”, connecting China's futuristic cities in the East with the rest of the country. The project explores the changing landscapes, and ponders the effects for the future of a nation poised to dominate the coming decades

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