Chinese Road

Just a quick example of what the Chinese are doing here.

Building very nice roads…and, as the cynics would say, always to their factories or plants.  But, one can’t help but admire a smooth, freshly lined road like this in Zambia.  Kind of reminds you of home, you know?  (Well, come to think of it, the paved pot-hole-y roads actually remind me more of Michigan roads.)

When we were visiting here a year ago this was a dirt road with earthmovers stirring up lots of dust.  A black SUV with tinted windows drove up and out jumped four Chinese men in business suits.  They donned face masks and inspected the work of the road makers.  (What’s with the Chinese and masks?  Do they know something we don’t?  I can’t tell you the number of times I pass a construction site and the Chinese are talking to someone while wearing a pristine white mask.  It’s gotta be weird talking to someone who wears a mask.)

Anyways, by the time we moved here in January, the road was done.

Today I met a friend for lunch out at Sugarbush and was mentioning how nice this road was and she said the rumor was that the roads are beautiful when first built, but that corners are cut when building them (for example, gravel only 6″ down instead of 12″) and that they fall apart quickly. 

Being part of the Debbie Doubter (and Downer) club, I didn’t really believe her and out of curiosity Googled “chinese road built zambia.”  Sure enough, take a look at this road (click on photo for the article).

So, time will tell how the new road I’m admiring fares!  I’m going to watch it closely and will let you know.  Right now it looks gorgeous and like it was bermed up about 12″.


…and there was this huge billboard proclaiming the work Banda had done for Zambia (with support from the Chinese).  Just this week someone punched out his face, which I think is in poor taste!











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5 Responses to Chinese Road

  1. ang says:

    I am going to travel the globe someday…

  2. Mikey says:

    Don’t look a gift road in the foundation.

  3. Stuart says:

    That Chirunda road looks bad,but whenever there is a hurricane or earthquake, there are many roads which look like that in Japan. I also lived in the Chicago area for 15 years and it was well known the mafia controlled the road construction contracts with the city. Many roads which were beautiful when resurfaced were soon potholed and cracked. The harsh Chicago winters were always blamed, but I noticed European roads held up much better under similar weather conditions. What’s my point? I don’t know, I forgot… I’m no fan of the Chinese, but I can see why they are so successful in Africa. They do lots of free infrastructure work and don’t care about what kind of governments they are dealing with.

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