What Pegman Saw – Cement factory Pujiang No. 2

“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page,  from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. This week’s location is Songxicun in China. According to Google maps there is a cement factory just down the road from the village.

WPS - Cement Factory Pujian No2 190216

Songxicun, China | Gao Shian, Google Maps

Cement factory Pujiang No. 2

I don’t normally notice the smell of burning plastic in the village, but I’ve been shopping elsewhere and the smell seems strong when I return.

I prepare some broth and take it to my mother, who is sitting in bed with a threadbare blanket around her shoulders. Her skin is like crepe, her cheeks sunken. Her eyes, circled with purple rings like bruises, are shut as though they are hurt by even the dim light that creeps under the curtain. She coughs, violently. The sputum that dribbles down her chin is dark with blood.

“Mother, I have brought chicken broth with noodles. Your favourite!”

I sit close to her and sip by sip, spoon by spoon, I feed her until she moans, “Stop! No more. You’ll choke me.”

They say the cement factory Pujiang No. 2 is burning waste, and that the fumes cause cancer. Could that really be true?

15 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – Cement factory Pujiang No. 2

    • Dear Josh
      Thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. As the residents can smell burning plastic, I suspect, like you, that it’s true.
      With very best wishes


    • Dear John
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I should add the disclaimer that nowadays in Europe, combustion processes like cement manufacture are extremely tightly regulated. This wouldn’t happen here. I don’t know about regulation in China – for all I know it may be good; but if it isn’t, this is the sort of thing that could happen.
      With very best wishes

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