We spent one day in China at my husband's plant in Jiangsu province. It is about 45 minutes from Shanghai, but you never really leave the city. Seeing this area helped put in perspective how truly huge Shanghai is.
The roads in most of Western China were excellent, huge multi-lane highways just like you would find in any major American city. There are lots of people and goods (including food!) to move around Shanghai and these roads are designed to get the job done. Here are a couple of views along the highway. Check out the power lines! These are absolutely everywhere.
I snapped the next picture from the car, too. This is a thoroughly typical high-rise apartment. Very few apartments have dryers, so everyone except the ultra-rich hangs there clothes outside or in that glassed-in sunroom you see there. Laundry everywhere: another enduring image of my Shanghai. With four kids, I can relate!
The offices at the plant reminded me very much of the steel facility I worked at in France, except Bill's place was a little nicer. Here's a picture of the outside. Just to the left of this picture is the company cafeteria. The employees get lunch every day (five days a week now).
Here's a picture taken out of Bill's office window. You will see what is probably a familiar sign:
They do offer squid and bean-sprout pizza. I passed.
One final observation while we were outside of Shanghai proper. Everywhere there was not a building, there was a rice paddy. EVERYWHERE. There really weren't any open spaces. And even out here in the 'burbs, there were huge apartment complexes going up, 30- and 40-story towers, six or eight at a time. Massive. I always wondered where all the people were coming from. No one could tell me.