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Why Hong Kong Still Uses Bamboo to Build Buildings

Think of construction, and you’ll probably imagine scaffolding made of steel or aluminum. But in Hong Kong, the material of choice is bamboo.

The densely populated city is one of the last places on earth that still uses bamboo in construction, even when building skyscrapers. The organic material is said to be stronger and more flexible than steel.

We spent a day up high with Hong Kong’s death-defying bamboo scaffolding workers and met one of the last bamboo theater artisans in town.

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Producer: Clarissa Wei
Fixer and Translator: Cardin Chan
Editor and Videographer: Nicholas Ko
Camera B: Mario Chui
Mastering: Victor Peña

Music: Audio Network

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