Sunday, April 09, 2006

21st Century Industrial City

Chongqing is China's fastest growing city, absorbing half a million rural migrants every year. It is also emerging as an important industrial city with all the attendant problems that characterized 19th century industrial cities in Europe. It even has its own Henry Ford, a car industrialist who dreams of raising the standard of living of China's rural population so that more people will be able to afford to buy the cars rolling off his assembly line. At the same time, Chongqing differs from 19th century industrial cities as it is growing in an age of globalization and glitter. Soon it will have some of the highest towers in the world. Check out this very short (9 min) video documentary about Chongqing produced by Jonathan Watts.


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