China is developing at a very fast pace. New, modern, buildings are replacing old brick vestiges of a bygone era in Chinese history. Throughout the city salvagers go from site to site picking up what they can. Metal scraps, bricks, anything recyclable is taken to impromptu weigh stations where the salvagers are paid a few cents for the scraps they've collected. While on my way to do a little shopping I happened across a young teenager and his father rummaging through a site. Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) There is an inherent sadness in the incredible poverty that pervades even the new affluent Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou (formerly Canton). Just beneath the surface of flashy high rises and glittering skyscrapers countless people struggle just to survive.