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Bamboo scaffolding is still the choice of builders in modern Hong Kong

Jan 19, 2012 By Abraham

Despite the modernity of the city, Hong Kong is still growing sky-high by making use of age-old bamboo scaffolding. It’s light and flexible, making it much safer than its steel counterparts. And it is only a tenth of the cost.

Here’s a recent bit from Al Jazeera on the continued usefulness of bamboo scaffolding in China…

(via The Shanghaiist, images: 12, 34)


  1. Joann says:

    It’s one of the many things I love about Hong Kong. In a city that’s driven by “new new new,” this old thing remains. I remember showing an American around Hong Kong once and when we saw a skyscraper encased in bamboo scaffolding, he just shouted “why?”. I responded “why not? It’s worked for thousands of years.”

  2. AStev says:

    They also defend the island with bamboo swords and catapults, and since the ground is still covered with jungle, they travel from skyscraper to skyscraper in bamboo flying machines.

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