4 Million RMB Spent On Protecting Tree During City Rebuild

4 Million RMB Spent On Protecting Tree During City Rebuild
A 323-year-old tree in Xiangyang Old City, Hubei is being protected to the tune of 4 million RMB whilst a large-scale rebuilding project goes on around it. The plant, commonly known as Manchurian catalpa, had 91 protective piles driven 20m into the ground and concrete poured around it, with extra vegetation planted to prevent water and soil loss. Fancheng District Committee secretary Deng Zhuohai said the gesture demonstrated the local authorities’ philosophy for protecting the city’s ecology. Some netizens felt the sum was too hefty, whilst one said increased tourism revenues would more than make up for it.

Source: qq

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  • jin

    I smell corruption, I smell 3.5mil RMB in some dogs bank account .

    • 42

      its probably your own asshole you are smelling.

      • Alex Dương

        You can disagree politely.

        • Jahar

          No he can’t.

          • Alex Dương

            He can try.

        • Teacher in China

          Another leak-over from Shanghaiist. Hard for those guys to learn how to repectfully comment after so long in the slums.

          • Alex Dương

            I have my opinion on Shanghaiist, but my recollection is that Kai always referred to them politely whenever the comparison was brought up, so I will keep my opinion private.

          • Teacher in China

            As a moderator, that’s probably a good idea. As a mere mortal commenter, I can be more open in my disdain (although I do slum it sometimes and throw a comment or two in there).

          • mr.wiener

            Shang’ist is a swamp.. but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

      • KamikaziPilot

        I know you’re one of those Chinese Power type of posters and I usually don’t agree with you but that was pretty funny.

      • mr.wiener

        This ain’t Shanghaiist . Play nice.
        In addition you should know that jin is by no means a China basher ,quite the contrary in fact. I suggest you look at his comment history to verify this.

        • 42

          I dont care about peoples comment histories, that says nothing. Neither does your comment history aswell. It is about peoples behavior. This is actually a good story that people are trying to save a tree and paying good money for it, and that dude make it sound like a corruption scandal without any leads at all, now i dont know about you, and dont care what his history of comments are, but you have to have steel nerves to not get irritated by that.

          • mr.wiener

            I dare say you have been sparring with the likes of messers. White guy and Hogfart too long …if you feel that he is incorrect, call him on it, demand sources or links, but don’t decend straight into personal abuse.
            We still have some rules we like to run things by here.

          • 42

            White guy and Hogfart are just mere entertaiment and wasting some spare time I have. I do not have the slightest illusion I can save the world by teaching these guys a lesson. Neither do I take it seriously. But I want to annoy them as much as possible to tone down their nuisance. Thats why the encounters between you and Banlas are so hilarious, it is because you seems to take it really personal and seriously. Do not feed the trolls some people say. I also realise that I am just feeding the trolls, and they are actually enjoying the attention, no matter how I insult them.

            Other than that, Shanghaiist is becoming more popular than Chinasmack is sadly enough because of the less to none interverence by moderators. I never thought I would say it myself, but it is sad to see that it has to come down to this, and people are leaving Chinasmack one by one because of it. Shanghaiist do have a broad and faster coverage of chinese news than Chinasmack, and it proves that it works even without netizens comments. But honestly, the netizen comments here on Chinasmack is what sets it apart from Shanghaiist or any other chinese oriented news outlet.

          • mr.wiener

            This is why I don’t respond to Banlas’ provocations anymore. …but I do think that you shouldn’t say things on line that you would never dare say in the real world …why feed a part of yourself that you don’t like?
            I too mourn the passing of CS’s glory days…

          • donscarletti

            Nobody said it was a bad thing to save the tree (not on Chinasmack at least). It’s a nice tree and it deserves to be saved.

            But 4M for a retaining wall? The most likely explanation is still the ancient Chinese art of “回扣”.

            Kickbacks are pretty common and largely tolerated in China. Just make sure that the project doesn’t screw up and the total budget (including the kickback) is within parameters and you’re fine.

            I used to be a naive “laowai” in my Chinese company. I always wondered why my coworkers who were so tight with payroll, always paid 60% more than me for outsourcing and never seemed to get the same quality work back that I did. I tried to introduce the companies I use and wondered why they never used them. Later I understood what it was all about. Cut the costs where you can’t get kickbacks and increase them where you can! What undoes them in the end is that trying to manage a contractor that gives you kickbacks is like trying to manage a subordinate that you’ve fucked. The relationship’s changed. They charge extra and give shitty work.

          • Vance

            That whole place seems like one giant beaurocracy.

      • jin

        How very mature of you. Are you some teenager with puberty issues or just a very angry loser? It’s pretty obvious this is corruption, what kind of concrete wall cost 4mil rmb.

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          The kind that you’ll get buried in if you keep asking unsafe questions citizen.

  • WghUk

    Chinese protecting nature…

    • Claude

      Eventually they’ll add a glass tree house so the tourists can have an opportunity to sit in this ancient tree.

  • simon

    they could have just relocated the tree temporarily?

    • mr.wiener

      And miss a photo op?

    • James

      risks killing it

  • Foreign Devil

    Suggest building a glass house around it so you can have a tree museum and Chinese people can visit to remember what trees looked like before they where all cut down or killed by pollution and acid rain.

  • James

    that’s pretty cool but it doesn’t look like enough soil for the tree. it probably feels cramped, if tree can talk it will tell you it’s cramped.

  • totally bullshit!
    there are quite some very old trees in yun nan, i never know any gov spend so much money to protect them at all!
    two very old trees around 400 yrs old in one small temple, all over 1 million if sell, no one really cares that much!

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Well they do now because tree.

  • Teacher in China

    I think the moderation is the best part of this website. Shanghaiist is a depressing slum for the most part. It’s like an online children’s playground fight. At least on here, people can generally have intelligent conversations and are punished when they descend to ad hominem attacks. That’s why a bunch of us keep coming back here and keep the site alive, despite the content taking a sharp downturn in the last half a year.

  • Karze

    Spend millions to protect one tree but destroy millions of tree needlessly. With that amount one can plant millions of tree. After all how much you spend on the tree it will die one day as it natural.

  • R.Jones

    China= corrupt shithole communist third world dirtpile.