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Translation: China’s Invisible Disabled Community

On the eve of the Beijing Paralympic Games, CDT presents the full-text translation of this article by Xie Renci for the health news site DXY.com. Originally published on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the...

Sizing Up China’s Cities

Amid a broad push for urbanization in China, Andrew Stokols explains how urban population figures...

Are Beijing’s Expectations for Urbanization Realistic?

South China Morning Post’s Tom Holland suggests that Beijing’s faith in urbanization as an economic engine may be misplaced: Urbanisation is not just the centrepiece of new Premier Li Keqiang’s economic...

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 Refugees Leave Pollution, City Life Behind

As the China expat twittersphere convulsed in response to Tudou co-founder Marc van der Chijs’ explanation of ‘Why I’m leaving China’, Marketplace’s Rob Schmitz described middle-class Chinese...

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:...

China Has Three Biggest Increases In Global Office Costs

Bloomberg reporter Kelvin Wong sheds light on real estate prices in  China’s first-tier cities by comparing major cities’ office space prices. Business districts in Beijing and Guangzhou had the biggest increases in...

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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