Monday, October 26, 2009

Beijing Noise Pollution Blues (1)

The whole block (well, since we're talking short hutong blocks here, probably two or three blocks) at the north-east end of Jiugulou Dajie has been razed.  Yes, they took my hairdresser's, dammit.  And much else besides.
And now, of course, we're running up against some kind of deadline - after a shutdown for the dratted National Holiday - and they need to keep the rubble clearing going on throughout the night.  Mechanical diggers, bulldozers, and tipper trucks rumbling away.... 24/7, I shouldn't wonder.
Now, this is a fairly densely populated residential area.  And isn't there supposed to be some law about not conducting noisy operations between 10pm and 7am???
Yes.  But if you got a permit for a development as big as this, you don't need to worry about the laws.
Fortunately for me this is just far enough away (about half a mile) that it shouldn't really be a bother.  Although it is a very still night....
Earplugs again tonight, I think.  Just to be on the safe side.

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