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Old June 3rd, 2009, 12:52 AM   #161
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I love this, what a great idea to save farmland!
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 04:14 AM   #162
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I still don't understand why Wuxi is called a village. Looks like a city to me.
The village is called Huaxi, located in the metro of Wuxi.

Wuxi is a big city with a huge skyline, end of the story.




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Old June 3rd, 2009, 07:29 AM   #163
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This thread is quite the learning experience for those of us unfamiliar with the Chinese "countryside." Very interesting.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 10:02 AM   #164
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china-jiangsu province-wuxi city-jiangyin county-huashi town-huaxi village.
that's it.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 01:28 PM   #165
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The building is so futuristic I think it would be very out of place....
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 11:07 PM   #166
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@the spliff fairy: can you show on Google Maps exactly where this picture was taken? I think the area is a bit greener in reality than it looks on the picture. In the distance, you only see the building but not the fields in between. When I look on Google Maps or Earth the large area between Shanghai and Hangzhou is on average about one-third covered with buildings and roads. After all, they are still farmers. But I bet the population density is higher than in a typical American suburb.
Ive no idea where the pic was taken on the map other than recognising the distant hills from the Hangzhou area.

The satellite is deceiving - or should I say the reality is deceiving. Although the lines of buildings take up small space in comparison to their fields around, they stick out more and gives the impression of an urban area. Also if you ever take the train from the south into Hangzhou (as I did) you will start to see the biggest 'surburban' development you can comprehend. Thousands upon thousands of steep sloping roofs, towers, turrets and onion domes - what you think at first is speculative out-of-town development, that fails to end - it literally goes on and on.

You don't notice the fields, the housing takes over the landscape to the point I thought I was in Shanghai. When I was told we hadn't even reached Hangzhou I was very confused, and this development stretched contiguously into the more evidently urban city limits. Even after Hangzhou's stop there was literally a 5 minute gap of countryside (and even then it was greenhouses) before Shanghai's 'sprawl' started. It took me 5 years until someone started posting pics on this forum of these 'farmers houses' before I realized they were rural, and not the biggest city I had ever seen. Since then I had always been wondering why Hangzhou appeared bigger than Shanghai.

some more pix, basically endless strips of midrises, you can see the fields better
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basically scenes like this to Western eyes seem completely suburban rather than rural countryside on first impressions - unless you notice the fields:



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Old June 10th, 2009, 08:46 PM   #167
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Old June 10th, 2009, 08:57 PM   #168
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That is an ugly building, which architect is involved?
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Old June 11th, 2009, 12:22 AM   #169
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The satellite is deceiving - or should I say the reality is deceiving.
google map

wow.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 05:56 PM   #170
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Old August 14th, 2009, 03:18 AM   #172
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any new photos ??
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Old August 14th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #173
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Great progress!
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Old August 21st, 2009, 04:37 AM   #174
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An apartment for farmer,it is incredible.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 05:29 AM   #175
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An apartment for farmer,it is incredible.

Although China has a vast territory, but a lot of land is not suitable for the development of agriculture, coupled with large population, Chinese per capita arable land area of the world's per capita arable land area is only 40%, so China has to protect arable land.


Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail length of 1318 kilometers, along the way through the fertile plains are Chinese, so of which 80% are building in the bridge, it also acted to protect arable land.




The farmer apartment for Huaxi Village is investment and construction by their own, and they have enough funds, willing to do so, may have their reasons.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 06:57 AM   #176
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1970s huaxi 华西村













today huaxi 华西村






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Old September 2nd, 2009, 11:08 AM   #177
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wow!! is beautiful!!
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IMO this project isn't 1 but 3 towers sharing a podiumg and several skybridges. What do you think?
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Old September 5th, 2009, 01:23 PM   #180
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******* beautiful, i hope we can all have a future like that, if urbanization is not preventable.
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