To Build Desert City, China Will Level 700 Mountains
Environmentalist, economists complain, but developer optimistic
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2012 9:01 AM CST
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(Newser) – Faith, as they say, can move mountains. But apparently $3.5 billion and an ambitious Chinese developer can flatten 700 of them. It's all part of a bold plan to create a metropolis called Lanzhou New Area on 500 square miles of arid land in China's Gansu province, reports the Guardian. Led by China Pacific Construction Group, one of the largest private companies in China, the Lanzhou project is hoped to pump billions to the area's economy by 2030.

Not everyone in China is enamored of the plan. Lanzhou is in northwestern China, in a less developed and highly polluted part of the country, and already is facing big water shortages for its 3.6 million people. Economists complain that there just isn't any demand for a new city in that part of the country and environmentalists say it doesn't have the resources. But China Pacific rejects those criticisms. "Our protective style of development will divert water to the area, achieve reforestation, and make things better than before," says a spokesperson for the developer.

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Dec 7, 2012 11:02 PM CST
The hard part will teaching 8 year olds how to drive the dozers.
Dec 7, 2012 3:32 PM CST
Looks like Lanzhou is central China. Still, with nothing west of Lanzhou other than desert, I suppose this could be overlooked. To my point: The reason for building this city must be the same reason for building all the other "ghost" cities in China. The government is subsidizing building in order to prop up the economy. The US worked similar magic when it promoted massive home building. From our experience, I would say that over-building now will muck up their economy later.
Dec 7, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Soon to be world's largest Walmart sweat shop.