Monday, March 20, 2006

Who knew?

Speaking of cities: There are a lot of people in China and it turns out that a lot of them live in close proximity to each other, but not just in Beijing and Shanghai. China has ninety cities with populations of over one million. From New Economist we learn about Chongqing, a city of about ten million. Here is a tall building. Here is a street. Here is a plaza. From the Guardian article:
A dapper, twinkly-eyed 68-year-old, Yin is one of the nation's great industrial pioneers, the 21st-century Chinese equivalent to Titus Salt, Josiah Wedgwood or the Cadbury brothers. [...] His creed is one of benevolent self-interest. "China is too poor. We need high-speed growth. The rich need to increase the income of the poor," he says. "If we improve the living standards of peasants, then they can buy our motorcycles and cars." Within five years, he aims to more than double his workforce to 20,000. Next to the factory, bulldozers are already churning up fields for another one.


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