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10/30/2013 (11 months ago)

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This is just one port, of the many in Shanghai...

Below are images of the Chinese port of Yangshan in Shanghai. The staggering quantity of containers shows just how much Chinese-manufactured merchandise the world consumes, with much of it headed to the United States.

The port under construction. It's still growing.

The port under construction. It's still growing.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/30/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Yangshan, port, Shanghai, trade, China, power, largest


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Across the Pacific, the Port of Yangshan in Shanghai, China hums with activity. The relatively new port moves at least 32 million containers a year, which is an average of over 8,000 per day. It is the world's busiest port. And it's still growing.

The facility itself stretches about three square miles, and is always filled with containers as busy cranes unload empty containers from ships, then stacks them high on the decks of the world's largest container vessels.

Massive engineering projects such as these are making China an increasingly powerful trading nation, one whose hopes include displacing the dollar as the world's reserve currency.

Despite its massive size, the port of Yangshan is just one port in Shangai, and Shanghai is just one city in China. As impressive as this port appears, it should be understood that this just represents a fraction of China's overseas trade.

China also ships material overland and by air.

And the world keeps consuming.

The Port of Yangshan handles about 8,000 containers per day on average.

The Port of Yangshan handles about 8,000 containers per day on average.



The facility spans over three square miles.

The facility spans over three square miles.



Yangshan is the world

Yangshan is the world's busiest port.



The facility is a symbol of Chinese determination to become the world leader in global trade.

The facility is a symbol of Chinese determination to become the world leader in global trade.



The facility sits at the mouth of the Yangtze river.

The facility sits at the mouth of the Yangtze river.



Ships can deliver cargo downriver for loading onto seafaring container ships.

Ships can deliver cargo downriver for loading onto seafaring container ships.



A view of one set of the gargantuan cranes that stay busy, 24-7.

A view of one set of the gargantuan cranes that stay busy, 24-7.



The cranes, arrayed as soldiers at attention, in a moment of rare quiet.

The cranes, arrayed as soldiers at attention, in a moment of rare quiet.



Rain or shine, the loading continues.

Rain or shine, the loading continues.



Most of the cargo is USA bound.

Most of the cargo is USA bound.





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