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From Sand to Skyscrapers: Inside China’s Newest City

As Beijing plans to move hundreds of millions into China’s cities, Tom Phillips reports from Lanzhou New Area, a new city under construction in Gansu province for which 700 mountains were condemned to be flattened: Its...

Urban Planners Build Support Through Weibo

In China, where government officials often have the final say on city projects, urban planners are using Weibo to make their voices heard by the public. From Abby at Global Voices: According to Southern Weekly [zh], there are...

700 Mountains Flattened for New Desert City

Late last month, premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang declared that boosting the country’s urban population, which passed 50% of the total a year ago, was China’s most promising avenue for further development. From Caijing:...

Sinking City Solution: Pump Groundwater Back?

The State Council recently ratified a five-year plan to address the sinking ground levels of over 79,000 square kilometres and more than 50 cities in China, which potentially threaten the stability of everything from high-rise...

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