Bamboo grows extensively throughout China and South East Asia so it is no wonder it has found many uses in everyday life. Scaffolding for buildings is just one example of the many applications of this versatile material. This example in the photo below was found in the Chinese city of Shanghai.
Cultural aspects of bamboo
Bamboo has deep artistic and cultural roots in the Chinese psyche so it is little wonder that it must possess some remarkable qualities. It features prominently in Chinese painting and decoration. Versatile, light, strong and (more importantly) cheap it is still used as building scaffolding in some of the world’s largest cities today.
More disguised uses of bamboo can be found here.