I think this is the first time I’ve seen the outside of the flat my wife grew up. We went past yesterday and she said that the area immediately around it is still very much the same.

Her parents still own it and rent it out. Mostly, in the hope, that it gets bought out. It sits right next to one of the big business centres in Chongqing and with the speed that things develop in China…

It’s an interesting contrast. Two minutes walk from the world’s biggest labels and all this money are tiny flats, being rented out for tiny amounts.

It’s the same at school, looking out across the sports fields are towers and towers of flats that weren’t here 5 years ago.

The speed of change in China is a hell of a thing.