One of the things that fascinates me about living in China is the incredible contrasts of culture.  Modern and traditional, developed and third world conditions, wealth and poverty, all seem to inhabit the same space.  It has to do with the fact that China’s economy, population, culture, is growing and shifting at alarming rates, and often times certain things surge ahead while others are left in the dust.  Every now and then I stumble across and image that exemplifies this point.

This is a gas station in the middle of Liaocheng, on Liu Yuan Lu, one of the busiest and most commercialized streets in the city, though from this pictures you would never guess it.