In an effort to clean up the city, Hangzhou officials have been cracking down on heavy-polluting vehicles, but judging by the colossal mountain of junk cars growing in the suburbs, they need to allocate a bit more land for solving this problem.
The car graveyard contains more than a thousand vehicles, many of them high-emission vehicles that contribute heavily to the city’s serious pollution problems.
In her recently censored documentary “Under the Dome,” Chai Jing says that Hangzhou holds the distinction of being the city with the highest number of cars per person in China, with one car for every two people in the city (The city is home to more than 7 million people. You can do the math.) Vehicle emissions account for 40 percent of the pollutants in the city’s air and contributed to Hangzhou’s sad claim of just 164 non-polluted days in 2013.
We’ll see if the giant pile of cars approach to the problem catches on in other cities.
In terms of grandeur, this structure is likely only rivaled by the majestic Shijiazhuang Trash Mountain. Looks like another job for Spiderman.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Sina]