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March 20, 2006

Ever Heard Of Chongqing?

Well it is the fastest growing city in the world, sucking in a good proportion of the 8.5 Million Chinese who made the transition from rural to urban life last year. Fast growing cities and urban migration are not a new phenomenon, but as Jonathan Watts reported in last week’s Guardian, we are reaching a […]

Well it is the fastest growing city in the world, sucking in a good proportion of the 8.5 Million Chinese who made the transition from rural to urban life last year. Fast growing cities and urban migration are not a new phenomenon, but as Jonathan Watts reported in last week’s Guardian, we are reaching a crucial landmark in the transition of human lifestyle and habitat.

At some point this year, our species will prove Darwin wrong. For the first time since the dawn of civilisation, the human being is about to become a predominantly urban creature: humans have not evolved to fit our habitat, we have changed our habitat to suit ourselves.
According to the United Nations, the planet’s population is currently split almost right down the middle: 3.2 billion in the city, 3.2 billion in the countryside. But by the start of 2007, the balance will have tipped decisively away from the fields and towards the skyscrapers.

[tags] Chongqing, China, Urban [/tags]

Responses
China Law Blog 17 years ago

Chongqing is an amazing city and the Guardian’s article on it is fascinating. I also blogged on it.

Dang Hua 16 years ago

Just spent a week there. Mindblowing to see mile after mile after mile of high density residential living. Not too many parks. lots of smog. amazing urban energy.

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