Another Great Leap
A Chinese former farmer walks in a new housing block
A former farmer walks in a "replacement housing block" in Hebei province, just outside Beijing, built for people like him who has lost their farmland to a new phase of state-driven urbanisation. Because of the speed of the construction roll-out across China, they follow mostly the same blueprint.
For generations, Chinese farmers picked vegetables on family plots in China, a mainly agrarian society right up until the 20th century.