Farming and dense population don't go together; this is an incredible juxtaposition in the Chinese countryside that doesn't make sense. Even with 17th-century technology, the farmer can cultivate several acres. Here, it seems, several farmers are cultivating one acre. With so many cooks stirring the pot, how can agriculture possibly provide enough income to all these people?
While the 5 story buildings seem endless, this area is really no less monotonous or monolithic than the suburban landscape in America. I imagine that, from ground level, this could be a decent place.
la forme d'une ville change plus vite, hélas! que le coeur d'un mortel...