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Ordos Skyscrapers Rising In The Distance What Is the Future of China’s Ghost Cities?
China disposable cities Why China Is Building Disposable Cities
Shanghai's Yangshan Deep Water Port is mostly built on reclaimed land. A Gift From the Sea: On China’s Land Reclamation Free-for-all

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New Silk Road travels bout 3

On the road ahead lies Singapore, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Dubai, and Sri Lanka (and maybe the Maldives too).

Wade in front of Waterstones_DCE

In this letter to the editor I'm asked how to become a traveling journalist.

The Economic Side of China’s Eco-Cities

Nanhui Lingang 4

Urbanization is an economic movement, and in an age where development is being chastised as a prime source of pollution in China, eco-cities seem to be the answer to keep the money flowing.

Riding the Western Europe - Western China Highway in November 2015.

A new expressway is being built that will connect the Yellow Sea coast of China with Western Europe. It's called the Western Europe - Western China Road, but is better known as the New Silk Highway.

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New Year 2016 Status Report

Another year passes into the archives. 2015 in review and a look at 2016 on the horizon.

A Glimpse at Chongqing (Photos)

Chongqing gold Mariott

Chongqing in 25 images.

Western style mansion on Kinmen

Vanke, a major Chinese development firm, estimates that 2/3 of its new housing projects are in the Western architectural style, but this is nothing new in China.

Refugees at Moscow airport

Hasan Yasien and a group of other refugees have been stuck in the transit zone of Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport for over a hundred days. Is this an airport or a detention center?

I’m Told Why Chinese People Have Flat Heads thumbnail

I ask about an observation and I'm told about an interesting and widespread cultural practice.

The Reality Behind China’s Eco-city Hype

tianfu ecocity_DCE

China is currently in the process of building 200 new eco-cities, but what are these places all about and do they actually provide the ecological benefits they promise?

BIG PROJECTS

GHOST CITIES OF CHINA
What Is the Future of China’s Ghost Cities?
Ordos Skyscrapers Rising In The Distance

China has built hundreds of completely new cities across the country. What is the future of these places?

Do China’s Ghost Cities Offer a Solution for Syrian Refugees?
changzhou-ghost-city

Can the masses of Syrian refugees in need of places to live be moved into China’s millions of empty apartments?

Response to Peking University/ Baidu Ghost City Study
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Peking University did a big study on China’s ghost cities using “big data” from the Baidu search engine. This is my response about it.

ON THE NEW SILK ROAD
Riding the New Silk Highway: New Road Connects Europe and Asia
Riding the Western Europe - Western China Highway in November 2015.

A new expressway is being built that will connect the Yellow Sea coast of China with Western Europe. It’s called the Western Europe – Western China Road, but is better known as the New Silk Highway.

A Journey to Khorgos ICBC, China and Kazakhstan’s Free Trade Zone
ICBC Khorgos Kazakhstan and China

With the Khorgos ICBC become an epicenter of global commerce along the New Silk Road or remain a Chinese wholesale market flung out on the Eurasian steppes?

Horgos: The First New City of the New Silk Road
Horgos road to the border

Take a look at the first new city of what could be the greatest development initiative the world has ever known.

SHANZHAI AND THE MAKERS
China Finds the New Frontiers of Innovation in the Maker Movement
Shenzhen makerspace

As China transitions from being the “world’s factory” to a global epicenter of innovation the maker movement is being brought to the forefront of national attention.

How Shenzhen Became the Global Epicenter of High-Tech Innovation
Shenzhen electronics factory

Shenzhen has become a dream city for the world’s makers and other high-tech hardware innovators.

The Great Shenzhen Cellphone Parts Exchange
Shenzhen used electronics parts market

Ever wonder what happens to your phone when it dies? It very well could end up back where it came from to be sold in this informal street market.

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