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Crane Climbing China

Crane Climbin’ in Communist China

Urban Exploring in China

I nestled in bed under the sheets watching “Xingshi” known to people who speak English as “The Walking Dead.” Relapsing with mono took most of my energy, but not all of it. I used this time to relax and scope out the construction area next door to Zoe’s. At the moment I sleep when people are at school or work and I roam around at night time soaking up the tranquility of silence. This night I did so from the rooftop of a 30-story, skyscraper currently under construction and off-limits to the public. How did I get in to the site? I spent a few hours scoping out the perimeter of the 10-foot, barbed wire fence with razor wire spiraling across the top. Black speakers and light fixtures lined the wall like soldiers preparing for attack. At first I feared security armed the wall with motion sensors. Not the kind that light up from movement and body temperature while moving, but that sound an alarm.

I casually climbed on top of a pile of stone tiles peaking over the barricaded wall. Lights shined from three different posts. Two near the elevators and one near the front gate where I saw multiple security guards walking back and forth past the crane. Gripping a flat, metal bar used to align the razor wire I propped both feet on the brick fence. I carefully placed my legs between the razor wire and steadily climbed over it crouching down on top of the 6-inch wide, brick, wall.

I waited for a sign. Any sign, that security realized a breach took place, but a few minutes passed and nothing happened. I sat on the wall, feet dangling on the other side, I practically made it inside. My depth perception and focus took a while to adjust due to the lack of lighting. When I looked down I realized the wall perched too high from the ground below. Even if I crimped the top of the fence with both hands and dangled there the drop might break my ankle. If not, the loud thud from slamming both feet into the concrete might draw unwanted attention from the guards. I didn’t feel like playing hide and seek so I hopped back over the razor wire and walked down the stone piles using them like steps to a stairwell.

The left corner of the wall adjacent to apartments directly behind the construction site bode well for entry. I stepped slowly, my shoes striding across the slate tiles until finally reaching the corner. A retaining wall rose a few feet off the ground. I pulled myself up and plopped my ass on the double-glass roof that budded up against the top of the brick wall where the barbed wire ended. It looked like a promising entry. No barbed wire, and a clear view of the crane. What stopped me from taking the plunge? Again the ground on the other side appeared recessed so it looked like a 7-foot drop. My concern involved finding a way out this time. All of this seemed to be a waste of time, but I learned three guards monitored the front gate and one secured each basement of the two skyscrapers. The motion sensors on the wall just sat there like trophies. They did not work and the scare tactic did not work on me.

I decided to call it a night and continue my urban exploring in China escapade tomorrow.

“Cockadoodledoooooooooo” screeched loud through the city of Xindu. The sound barely muffled through the thin glass windows on the 18th floor of my bedroom. I tried sleeping through it, but it sounded similar to the screeching noise of chalk against a blackboard. I awoke, feeling lethargic and unmotivated to do much of anything. The site stood a football field away so I decided to stake it out during the daytime hours. I walked to the far left hand corner of the site. The tall, brick fence made a tee with a black, Victorian gate. Both of which connected to a white pillar whose intricate design made it easy for climbing to the top. I made up my mind and decided to come back in the early hours of the morning.

Urban Exploring in China

Re-bar from the rooftop of a half-built skyscraper while urban exploring in China…right before I climbed the crane on the rooftop!

1 AM rolled around and I began to fidget around in my bed, antsy to climb the crane and do more urban exploring in China. The amount of abandoned buildings and construction sites in this country is a dreamland for urban explorers. Rolling out of bed, I threw on my jeans, a few long sleeve shirts, my GoPro chest mount and Carhartt jacket. I grabbed some paracord, cut into two pieces, each 10-feet in length, and my headlamp. I strolled out the door and walked in the shadows of darkness to avoid the cameras inside the complex.

The Victorian gate stood a few yards away and my heart began to beat faster and faster as the adrenaline rushed through my body. My fingers crimped onto the white pillar grabbing each protruding section every few feet. I planted one foot in the corner and one near the Victorian gate for a wide base. I reached the top and just needed to climb over the wire until all of a sudden I hear, “rrrrrrrrruffff, rufff, ruff, rufffffffffffff” coming from the skyscraper behind me. The barks echoed louder and louder and to avoid getting spotted I jumped off the wall back into the complex.

Maybe this was it? Maybe breaching the brick fence was not possible? Steam came out of my ears and frustration brewed. I decided to sit down on the stone piles overlooking the construction site to cool off and pondered a new approach. What about the far right corner of the site? Hmmm…why not?

I crept through the brush and trees between the brick fence and 28-story skyscrapers in the apartment complex. I stood in complete darkness, no lights, no cameras, no people, nothing. I grabbed brick after brick from the ground and piled them on top of one another placing them against the corner of the brick fence. The barbed wire and razor wire stopped about a foot and a half from the corner of the wall making it an adequate entry to the site. I turned my infrared headlamp on and stepped up onto the bricks; my hands barely reaching over the wall. I pinned my one foot in the corner and crimped both hands on the other side walking myself up onto the ledge of the fence. I wedged myself between the barbed wire and motion sensors and waited for any sign of security to pop up. After a few minutes I walked along the ledge until reaching the scaffolding pipe that shot up for 30 stories. I swung around like a monkey until propping both feet on the floor of the building. This skyscraper stood 4-stories, but interconnected with the taller one. I tiptoed through the ground floor, hiding from security and avoided stepping on any lose pieces of re-bar. I climbed the first few flights of stairs without my headlamp because I did not want to attract any attention from the guards or workers. After gingerly walking up to the third story I turned on my headlamp and peaked around the corner looking into the vacant rooms. Trowels, bricks, wheel barrows and re-bar spread out across the floor of each room I entered. The other ones remained empty, 4-walls of concrete, with a small window looking out over the city below. I reached the rooftop of the smallest skyscraper after about five stories. From up here I looked down upon the other construction sites in the vicinity where night work took place. Small light fixtures hung from the cranes while the workers installed re-bar and poured concrete flooring. The rest of the city sat still. Everyone asleep in a peaceful slumber and the only people out in a dazed trance walking the streets. I soaked in the tranquility for a minute and looked out at all the architecture illuminating the dark sky before my eyes. Street lights, building logos, car headlights, and construction equipment all lit up the hazy, dark night. Me, well I just stood there for a moment feeling little, like a small piece of the beautiful world before me. But from up here I felt on top of the world. The greatest part of urban exploring in China or any place for that matter is the ability to see epic views without the abundance of people.

After taking a moment to appreciate the world around me I continued my trek up the next 20+ flights of stairs. I cautiously peaked around each corner as I plodded up the never-ending stairwell. Poking my head in on a few floors I realized the layout remained the same throughout the whole skyscraper so I didn’t bother wasting my time. Five minutes passed and I set foot on the rooftop, which overlooked the whole city of Xindu. I walked back and forth looking at the re-bar designs and my eyes shifted towards the city below. A plethora of buildings looked like specks from this high up in the sky. Everything felt so peaceful and beautiful I just wanted to fall asleep up there and enjoy the sunrise in a few hours, but I knew this would be problematic for getting out of the construction yard.

Urban Exploring in China

Rooftop photos of the skyscraper in Xindu!

So I scurried down the steps until hitting the 5th story where I walked across the connecting rooftops to the other stairwell. I turned off my headlamp and slowly tiptoed down each step as to not make a peep of noise. One of the stands stood only 20 feet from my location and I did not want to alarm security. After reaching the ground floor I made a run for the scaffolding pipe. Swinging my legs and arms around I felt like a pendulum as I neared closer to the top ledge of the brick fence. I pulled my body up onto the ledge and carefully walked across to the corner where I first entered making sure not to fall into the razor wire.

I bent my knees and jumped absorbing all the shock in my knees. I took off my headlamp, put away my GoPro and strolled back to the apartment like I went out for a quick smoke.

I did not get a chance to scale the crane because the guards all sit near the front gate right near it. However, I did enjoy some great urban exploring and look forward to more urban exploring in China as I travel to Kunming next week.

Crane Climbin’ Day II

I broke into the site again today at around 7 PM and made it to the fifth story to snag some pictures from the rooftop. Daylight faded away, but I used this opportunity to stake out the crane more efficiently since I really want to climb it. I walked up a few flights of stairs and headed towards the far side of the skyscraper that overlooked the front security gate. I looked down and appeared to be 50 feet from the ground. I tried gaining access to the crane from the skyscraper, but the scaffolding pipe is covered in a green, waterproof, tarp to protect the concrete when it’s curing. My best chance of accessing the crane is crawling out onto the anchors and hoisting myself up inside the crane where the ladder is located. I tried doing this, but my body is too weak at the moment. I need more rest and more balls to attempt this maneuver. Stayed tuned for updates!

Urban Exploring In China

Probably one of my cooler pictures since I snapped the shadow of the GoPro in the photo!

Crane Climbin’ Day III & Day IV

So I infiltrated the site once again and finally got the balls to climb this crane. I climbed up to about the 28th story when I realized the construction crew still worked on the roof and two floors below, which caused a problem for me. I could not climb to the very top since the light on the roof shined in my direction, but down climbing the ladder after the long climb up might be dangerous. My arms and legs felt exhausted and mono didn’t help the situation. A plank linked the crane to the 28th floor. I tiptoed across it holding on to the scaffolding pipe lining the perimeter of the skyscraper and made my way on to the 28th floor. The crew blocked the stairwell so I down climbed the outside of the scaffolding pipe three stories by sliding down the piping like a fireman and then hid in the shadows as I walked down the stairs and jumped back over the brick fence, hopping over the razor wire and making the night a success!

Urban Exploring in China and Crane Climbing

Urban Exploring in China:  Day V

Ok, so I ventured back to the construction site again to reach the top of the crane. I estimate it to be between 100 – 115 meters up in the air. This was one of the tallest points in the city of Xindu. The lights shining throughout the city made me feel at peace despite all the fear and tingling in my fingers and toes from being up so high in the sky. I accessed the top part of the crane and just sat up there for about 15 minutes looking down on the city below. What a view! This made my trip in China worth while despite being sick for most of the first month with mono.

Crane Climbing in China

Urban exploring in China from 30 stories above…Check out some of my other urban exploring in China, Century City and Exploring ChengDu

Xindu Urbex

Apply for a China Visa

How to Apply for a China Visa

I finished my China visa back in September.  I filled it out and submitted the appropriate IDs, included my passport, invitation letter, proposed itinerary, and 2″ x 2″ picture using FedEx.

In total my visa cost $217 and my one-way ticket to Beijing was $268.

I used Visa Mail Service

I’d recommend them for getting a Chinese Visa.  Their service was great. I had my China visa back to me in about 10 to 14 days from when I sent it in.  I’d recommend filling everything out one month in advance before your plane ticket.  If you don’t have an invitation from someone in China then you won’t be able to get away with a one way ticket like I did.

The main thing to remember when filling out the forms are make sure you type everything in CAPS and if something doesn’t apply write N/A or “None.”

I’ll go over more specific details on filling out the visa form, which you can grab below:

Chinese Embassy Visa Forms for a China visa!

1.1 – First, Middle and Last name
1.2 – N/A
1.3 – N/A
1.4 – check the box for either “male” or “female”
1.5 – birthday in year, month, day format
1.6 – American or whatever your nationality is…
1.7 – former nationality or N/A
1.8 – place of birth (city, province/state, country)
1.9 – local ID means your Driver’s License #
1.10 – passport travel type is going to be “ordinary” unless otherwise specified
1.11 – your passport # goes here
1.12 – date passport was issued in year, month, day format
1.13 – place of issue is on your passport…for me it was “U.S. Dept. Of State”
1.14 – date your passport expires in year, month, day format
1.15 – for this field of boxes make sure you check the right box. I checked company employee…since I’m employed seasonally. It’s harder to get a visa if you’re “unemployed”
1.16 – I checked the “college” box
1.17 – fill out your employer’s information or your school information if your in college
1.18 – home address
1.19 – zip code
1.20 – mobile phone #
1.21 – email
1.22 – checked the box “single”
1.23 – even if you’re single like myself you need to fill out your parents and any siblings. Don’t leave this blank. You can also type this on an extra sheet of paper.
1.24 – emergency contact information
1.25 – where you are located when you’re applying for your visa…for me it was the USA
2.1 – checked the box for “tourism”
2.2 – I checked the box multiple entries valid for one year from the date of issue even though I’m expected to stay for sixty days…it’ll be easier if I want to go to the embassy and extend my visa.
2.3 – I checked no…express may cause problems and you need consular approval
2.4 – the date you’re expected to be in China.
2.5 – longest intended stay in China
2.6 – I typed my itinerary on a separate sheet of paper. I can provide a download here if necessary as an example.
2.7 – who is paying for your travel…I put my name and in parentheses (MYSELF)
2.8 – only fill this section out if you have an invited
2.9 – I put N/A since I’ve never had a Chinese Visa before
2.10 – I haven’t been to other countries in the last 12 months so I put N/A

(Note for the next ones please fill them out truthfully. If you have stayed past your visa in China, had a criminal record, have an infectious disease, etc. Let them know)

3.1 – No
3.2 – No
3.3 – No
3.4 – No
3.5 – No
3.6 – I filled out no for questions 3.1 – 3.5 so I don’t need to give details thus I put N/A. If you filled out “yes” then please elaborate here.
3.7 – I put N/A it might be different for you.
3.8 – I put N/A in all of these spots because this didn’t apply to me.

For 4.1 – 4.3 read them all and then sign and date the form.

For 5.1 – 5.5 I put N/A

That’s it.  One you fill everything out send it in the mail and wait. If your itinerary is two months or less I’d recommend just filling out single entry for your time in China.  Why do you ask? Multiple entry is way more expensive and unless you are in China for a long period of time and plan on going in and out of China you’ll just be wasting money.  Sit back, relax, and wait for your China visa to get approved. Be sure to follow directions correctly and again fill everything in CAPS and blanks which don’t apply to you fill out N/A! Good luck…that is how you Apply for a China Visa!

Xindu Urbex

Xindu Urbex

Xindu Urbex

I have been lazy the past few days and lethargic. The lymph nodes on my neck under my chin are inflamed and I am fighting some kind of infection, but the good news is I have my own bed to rest in and I am getting more sleep at night than in ChengDu. Anyway, I will post about the last two days in one article.

Making Chinese Dumplings

Zoe is teaching me how to make dumplings!

So yesterday I woke up earlier than usual. I awoke at 9:30 AM after much needed sleep. We spent the morning making Chinese Dumplings. Zoe showed me the ingredients I needed to make dumplings for my family in America. The process, though long and tedious, made for a delicious lunch. After pinching the dough together for about 30 or 40 dumplings I finally got the process down quickly and efficiently. The pork, lettuce and chicken flavored seasoning from the inside of each dumpling caused an explosion of flavor in my mouth unfamiliar to my taste buds, but nonetheless scrumptious. Homemade dumplings beat anything from the market or restaurants.

After much debating for what to do with our afternoon we decided to take the 2:00 PM bus from Southwestern Petroleum University in Xindu back to ChengDu to meet up with Chris, Jelte, and Yezi. I used Strava to map the route of the bus ride back to ChengDu to find some cool Xindu urbex for today, but I ended up forgetting and roamed around the city aimlessly.

Making Chinese Dumplings

Just doing the long and tedious process of dumpling making 🙂

After an hour of passing out and drooling all over my jacket we arrived in ChengDu Tianfu Square and took the metro to Nijiaqiao station to meet up with the rest of the crew. Our original intentions changed to “Escape The Room” at the north gate of Sichuan University. The game is normally 100 Kwai per person, but they had a special going on for 35 Kwai per person. The object of the game is to work together with your group to find clues to escape the room. You have one hour to use the clues in the room to escape. Both English and Chinese are used in order to figure out how to open each of the locked boxes to get to the next room and eventually “ESCAPE!”

We spent more than an hour, but only made it into the next room. Zoe and I needed to catch a bus back to Xindu since the last bus leaves at 9:30 PM and they fill up rather quickly.

Making Chinese Dumplings

Ah success after making Chinese Dumplings. Let the eating begin!

I woke up this morning much later at 11:00 PM. I think I am finally getting over this cold. It might be due to the change in the temperature as it is getting much colder outside. Anyway, Molly, Zoe and I all took a bike ride around campus in a 3-seat bicycle. I felt extremely weird and awkward. The stress on my legs felt harder than walking, but nonetheless, I learned more about her university and the buildings in it.

Xindu Urbex

More rooftop photos

Zoe headed off to class around 2:30 and left me with the key so I could get back into the apartment. I took a much needed walk and enjoyed the Xindu urbex around the city. Before heading out on my 7 mile trek I decided to take the elevator up to the 27 floor of Zoe’s apartment. The roof, left wide open, made it easy to access. I just walked up the steps and through the open glass door like I owned the place. A lot of people left their laundry on lines to dry on the rooftop because of the bright sunny day outside. I on the other hand took pictures from each corner of the skyscraper. Once I realized I could climb a ladder to gain another 10 feet I placed my orange and drink down on the ground and clasped the metal ladder with both hands planting my feet against the slippery, tiled wall. I pulled myself up and climbed the ladder until reaching the top where an open, cement rooftop laid for me to be on top of the world. I looked around and realized I set foot on the highest point of any skyscraper in the area. The cranes working on the skyscrapers to my left sat a few feet higher, but other than that, I remained on top of Xindu, China. It felt so exhilarating. Not from an adrenaline standpoint, but just very peaceful, like only a few people looked out over the city from this point.

Xindu Urbex

Look out below!

I quickly climbed down from the ladder. Both feet making a loud plop onto the concrete roof below my feet. As I walked around the front to head down to the ground floor I realized I just missed getting caught by a security guard on the roof. He didn’t notice me so I just roamed along on my merry way.

Xindu Urbex

Don’t look down 🙂

The walk around town seemed rather boring for the most part. I passed a temple that looked the same as all the other tourist attractions in the past so I did not bother to enter. I walked around Guishui Greenway, which despite the name, lacked the color green. The waterway appeared to be a murky, black, color. Either from the clay below or contamination. I am unsure. The architecture on this route appeared to be rather interesting. Xindu Media building shimmered in the sun. It’s light blue windows reflecting much light from the ground floor to more than 30 stories up. I wanted to enter, but despite roaming the rooftops in random cities, business entities seems like a stretch due to more security and less reason to be there. I will upload the route later so you can see the area I wandered from Strava. This app is great if you don’t speak Chinese. You can map out areas to walk or ride a bicycle and it even supplies both names in English and Chinese. So if you get tired, just show the taxi driver your return destination and he can read it in Chinese and take you there. It’s great! Check it out at the Google Playstore to make your Xindu urbex adventures even more fun!

Xindu Urbex

Hole in the wall?

Xindu Urbex

Near the Xindu Media building. The really tall one to the far left 🙂

Xindu

Xindu

I woke up much earlier than normal today to go to a BBQ with Yezi and Jelte. We took the metro to Tianfu Square and walked across the street past the Mao Zedong statue towards the back of the building where a few buses idled. She grabbed us tickets for Xindu and we waited for our bus to fill before the driver set out on our 1-hour drive to Yezi’s university.

Xindu BBQ

Hanging with Zoe at the BBQ

I dozed in and out of my awakened state several times throughout the trip due to my severe hangover from the night before at Helen’s bar (they give out free Tsingtao beer from 9 – 10 PM). The scenery remained the same throughout the trip from what I remember in my foggy state-of-mind. Just a plethora of vacant skyscrapers being built all around the city with the occasional slum village smacked between them.

We arrived in Xindu at around 1 PM and met up with Yezi’s friends from class. Recently, her friend Zoe contacted me through weChat about traveling in China and we finally introduced ourselves today. She will intern in the USA for two months at an electrical engineering firm. She spoke great English, but her friend Molly, a petite, cute, Chinese girl in her last year of university as well, spoke nearly perfect English.

Friends Xindu

Zoe added some effect to this photo, regardless, good times with friends.

I chatted with Zoe more as we walked towards the picnic area for a BBQ, but the pedestrian bridge, where we needed to cross, looked closed to the average person. I wanted to climb underneath, pull myself up and walk across the rickety platform, watching pieces fall into the water, but we took a motorbike taxi instead.

After ten minutes, we arrived in the park where tons of Chinese friends and families barbecued on this calm, sunny, peaceful Sunday afternoon. I talked to Molly and Zoe most of the time and taught them how to play “Rock, Paper, Scissors…SHOOT,” “President,” and “Texas Hold’em.” We ended up playing a few rounds of “The Landlord” in between eating food. All of her friends prepared and cooked food for the BBQ. I stuffed myself ever few minutes for over the course of a few hours in between downing some beer. We ate spiced pork, beef, smoked shrimp, crab and fish rolls, a chewy, Korean rice dish, eggplant, and countless other dishes all for 60 Kwai. No matter how full I felt, I continued to eat after Zoe cooked her next dish. I experienced so many different foods all in a short-time frame that my taste buds felt an explosion of goodness in my mouth. I didn’t know how to handle it.

Chinese Food

Grubbin’ on some good Chinese food!

We stuck around for about four hours and head out to take a bus back home. We walked past the rural countryside of Xindu getting closer to the city. My camera died by this point, but I found it odd, we passed an old, abandoned church. It looked like people lived in it, from the maintenance of the lawn, but the building itself decayed near the rooftop and windows.

Photo Xindu

Had to get a group photo in before leaving Xindu. Great Sunday afternoon. Thanks guys!

North Railway Station

North Railway Station

North Railway Station

I woke up late again today because I can’t fall asleep before 3 or 4 AM. I got dressed or I should say, I rolled out of bed and put a jacket on and strolled out of the apartment headed towards the Metro station. My original plans consisted of getting a bullet train ticket for Lidui Park to visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. After getting off at the North Railway Station and following Exit D towards the ticket office for the ChengDu Railway Station I realized everything was booked up for the next 3 hours. If I waited I would not be able to take the train back to ChengDu because it only runs until 8 PM. So I decided to roam around the city.

Just like last night I turned on Strava and recorded a route so I could get back to my original location. This method of exploring beats buying a handheld GPS for a few hundred USD. It’s worked twice now so I will continue to use it in the future.

I walked out of the station towards the main road and noticed a ton of motorbike’s and pedestrians. Since this is a huge hub a lot of traffic surrounds this part of ChengDu because all of the people taking the train from all different parts of China end up here. I squeezed by pedestrians and followed the skyscrapers under construction. They stand tall above the city while the Chinese construction workers weld beams together, and fabricate steel for the building columns.

North Railway Station

All of the construction going on right outside of the North Railway Station

I continued to walk around the city, buying a hot dog and this spicy chicken on a stick, with my water jug dangling and hitting my leg ever so often. I walked for miles, getting further and further away from the pedestrian traffic until I entered a less crowded part of town. I passed a famous bridge and wandered further into the city walking along a waterway next to bright green blades of grass, and palm tree leaves, while yellow leaves fell from the trees above and blew past my feet and eyes. Chinese women picked up the fallen leaves to use for tinder and people stared at me as I walked past confused as to why I was there and what I was doing?

At this point I was a few miles into the city away from the most of the foot traffic. I walked down some random roads towards the poorer part of town and stumbled upon a series of abandoned buildings next a billboard that said “Future Mall.” I crossed the street walking between two buses and noticed an opening in the wall. I approached it cautiously and peeked my head in to see a makeshift house built from the rubble of a half torn down building. Sticks and cloth draped over the top to make a roof and a crooked door installed to make it look like a home. People sat and drank tea as I tiptoed by on the random step stones of brick, debris and slate. The brick buildings looked like apartments at one point, with windows every few feet for three stories. Garages appeared to be out front, which decayed to just walls of brick with no rooftops. As I walked closer to enter I noticed the a tall blue skyscraper in the background within proximity of the vacant lot. I almost poked my head in the entrance when a group of dogs barked ferociously at me, their barks echoing down the stairwell.

North Railway Station

An abandoned lot with a makeshift shelter. I think I stumbled upon a Chinese squat near North Railway Station.

I either entered a squat where their owners lived or they just found a place for shelter. I didn’t stick around long to find out due to a fear of being bit again. I left the same way I entered and continued moseying on down the road.

I reached a desolate road next to a park where the plants and flowers flourished. Walking through the park I followed the stepping stones until I reached a barb wired fence and a murky waterway. I grabbed onto some of the brick wall and held myself on the steep slope as to not fall in the filthy water. After a few holds and foot plants I managed to get near a diamond shaped hole in the fence. I stood on a pile of trash next to a series of plastic, black piping that fed across the waterway on a rusty truss platform. I wanted to make a run for it through the fence, but I feared walking on the train tracks because all of them have cameras in China. I thought long and hard about the predicament in which I put myself. Should I trek back the way I came and go two miles out of the way or cross this rickety truss covered in rust fragments, and concrete dust? I decided to take the road less traveled.

North Railway Station

After ten minutes of crawling and holding on for my life I crossed the rusty truss bridge.

I grabbed onto the truss firmly with my left hand and slid my knee foot by foot until grabbing each diagonal overhang with my right hand and planting my right on a sturdy section of piping. After five minutes of doing this I reached the middle and my hair entangled in some overgrown brush. Most of my clothes covered in concrete dust, particles of rock fell in the waterway, and the Chinese fishing off into the distance looked at me with a confused expression on their faces. I finally reached the end after a few more minutes of awkward movements cutting off two miles of my trip. I walked around the waterway watching people fish, garden and relax in the grass while construction workers worked on the skyscrapers across the waterway.

North Railway Station

In the other direction there are half built skyscrapers and hotels.

After a few minutes of walking I realized where I was at and hopped the fence walking back in the direction I came. The next few miles I just looked up at the same skyscrapers I saw at the beginning of my journey for the day. After six miles I made it back to the North Railway Station ending my wandering for the day on a great note.

North Railway Station

Walking along the waterway. This direction people are fishing…

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