handan 2 Chinese growth

And remain in the vocabulary farmer, a lighter note: To prevent the local farmers arrive in town with their clogs, especially the area where we live, which will soon all the most modern Handan, is only a few hundred meters from the fields, we find the following panels against the entry of the city.

I must say that the transition from rural to urban areas is somewhat abrupt. I especially love the bridge over the motorway Beijing Hainan-crossing the city (through the town of 2020, now it is completely outside …) from north to south: it really leaves the fields and villages to dive into a sea of ​​skyscrapers and modern buildings and flamboyant. The impression is that this is quite surreal: a turn of the century a few meters.

English: Beijing CBD 2008-6-9 Jianwai SOHO, Yi...

English: Beijing CBD 2008-6-9 Jianwai SOHO, Yitai Center, CCTV ‪中文(简体)‬: 北京中央商务区夜景(可见央视新址、建外SOHO等) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The art of planning he inherited Chinese emperors or communism 50-60 years? I can not decide the issue, as it is true that the emperors in the past repeatedly been able to create huge cities ex nihilo: Beijing is also a wonderful example, and how we imagine a historic capital otherwise with 4 km ² of the city center is a huge palace and the whole city perfectly squared, if this had not been planned in advance and built from scratch by carefully following plans carefully drawn? At the same time, five-year plans still in force in mainland China are put to the account of the communist tradition – even if we ourselves had in France a Planning Commission responsible for major work during the years of Gaullist.
The Chinese art of planning is that it is so, logic dictates – and this is what gives China an advantage over India, the way – we begin by transport infrastructure . Roads, bridges, trains and highways before anything more. The gossips say this policy of massive investment in infrastructure, sometimes / often only serves to inflate premature Chinese GDP and occupy the masses.

There is probably some truth in there, but with even less doubt many envy seeing thousands of kilometers of TGV emerge in a few years and then it is only logical that first put in an effective network of transport.

So here is against the edge of the city, from the perspective of the “end of the road,” end of course moving day. A genuine policy of the border, where the challenge here is also to extend the frontiers of civilization to the surrounding countryside, and this simultaneously in dozens or hundreds of Chinese cities in development.

I weigh my words here and there be no misunderstanding: the Chinese countryside in a real state of underdevelopment marked compared to cities. And among cities, the so-called “third category” (as Handan) are significantly underdeveloped compared to cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen (the first category), or even provincial capitals (second category). Rural residents earn a thousand yuan or less per month – less gradually as one moves away from the cities, living without heat in old brick houses, and often go seek work far from home them – “migrant workers”. The situation is not necessarily rosy in the cities, but already much preferable to those campaigns. Imagine the Chinese countryside as bucolic green fields where farmers live well heated, connected to piped water and ADSL is a huge mistake. Improving the standard of living in China is necessarily mass urbanization of the rural population, what to use – among other … – All cities in China. I will not in this article on other issues it raises, especially regarding real estate.

Mainland China

Mainland China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It begins by building roads in this new set – after first destroying existing villages. The result can sometimes be a bit oppressive, and the huge avenues extending out of sight in what will soon be the new industrial development area northeast of the city.

I walked there by bike: all alone on a 4×4 routes by headwind, tough! Roads are there, the trees are planted, the plants abound. One can imagine the risks in case of reversal of the economic situation, or simply when planning errors. This led to ghost towns, as Ordos in Inner Mongolia for example. This is obviously not what I want to Handan, especially inhabitant myself in a new area, I would like the fill rate apartments surrounding starts to exceed 30% to bring a little animation!

A walk on the banks of the river for residents of 2020
I end with a positive note: the inhabitants of the area are far relatively optimistic and excited about the future. Thus, this friendly family living in a village 200m south of us (where we see towers on the first image of the article), which is a specialty restaurant Hubei (the region of origin of Lina) : They have a blessed evening, insisting nothing to make us pay even though the difficulties of their trade drove them to close the restaurant after our passage. Thank you again for the warm welcome!

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