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Factories at Urumqi

Other than the bright blue roofs and trees, this doesn’t look much like a North American industrial zone. The difference? In North America these factories would be surrounded by hectares of parking lots full of cars, taking up as much land as the factories themselves.


I find it interesting that the industrial zones I visited in China are a lot more engaging at the pedestrian level than those in North America.


Aperture adjustments: levels, white balance, edge sharpening.


Location: on the flight from Beijing (Běijīng Shì (北京市) to Ürümqi (ئۈرۈمچی, Wūlǔmùqí, 乌鲁木齐), Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (شىنجاڭ ئۇيغۇر ئاپتونوم رايونى, Xīnjiāng Wéiwú’ěr Zìzhìqū, 新疆维吾尔自治区), People’s Republic of China (Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó, 中华人民共和国). Geotagged position is approximate, interpolated along an assumed flight path.

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Taken on August 10, 2007