China has undergone more than three decades of unprecedented rapid growth. Literally. The country is expanding.
Hundreds of square kilometres are added onto China each year, as coastlines are extended farther and farther out to sea. Massive amounts of land are being reclaimed to build new cities, ports, resorts, and industrial zones.
Dubbed by the domestic media as a “gift from the sea,” land reclamation has become an all out developmental free-for-all in China, with every coastal province having large-scale projects under way.
“Land from the sea creates ‘cheap’ space for agriculture, industries, and urbanisation,” says Harry den Hartog, the author of Shanghai New Towns, who is currently researching land reclamation in China for the Netherlands’ Delft University. “For planners, this is a ‘tabula rasa,’ where you can build whatever you like on a white sheet of paper.”
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