独木不成林,单弦不成音dú mù bù chéng lín, dān xián bù chéng yīn Many things require people to work together to achieve an end 独木难支dú mù nán zhī It takes more than one person to resolve problems 斧快不怕木柴硬fǔ kuài bú pà mù chái yìng A talented person is not afraid of a difficult task 木已成舟mù yǐ chéng zhōu Too late to change anything 十年树木,百年树人shí nián shù mù, bǎi nián shù rén Studying may be slow and arduous but is worth it 无源之水,无本之木wú yuán zhī shuǐ, wú běn zhī mù Something without a proper foundation. Not properly planned
As a considerable proportion of China is swathed in toxic smog planners are considering how to combat the problem. One proposed solution is to move people and businesses away from the suburbs of Beijing into outlying districts. The move would give people shorter commutes and lower the density of people in polluted areas. In the last 18 years energy consumption has doubled and the number of cars tripled (Oh for the Halcyon days of bicycles)! The long term plan is for Beijing's population to be capped at 23 million.