A Chinese city’s subways hit a roadblock: history
Even as China has leapfrogged other countries in building the world’s most extensive subway networks, one city has stood out as something of a laggard. Subway builders in the northwestern city of Xian, have run into the most insurmountable obstacle of all: history, in the form of old clay pots and bronze mirrors. The city’s struggle to keep up with China’s national building frenzy underscores the country’s changing approach to balancing development with preserving the past. Nowadays it’s the capital city of the northwestern province of Shaanxi. But Xian was the center of power in China for 13 dynasties of imperial rule, spanning more than 3,000 years. On top of avoiding water pipes and geo