A family leaves their village shelter into new urban housing in China
29-year-old Fu Yu moves out of a village accommodation for his new urban home after his old village house was bulldozed by the government to build high-rise in Liaocheng city in the northeastern Chinese province of Shangdong...In the four years between his rural home being razed and the completion of the new city apartment, Fu and his family lived in temporary housing such as this one. ..China is pushing ahead with a dramatic, history-making plan to move 250 million rural residents into towns and cities over the next dozen years ? but without a clear idea of how to pay for the gargantuan undertaking or whether the farmers involved want to move....Moving farmers to urban areas is touted as a way of changing China's economic structure, with growth based on domestic demand for products instead of exporting them. In theory, new urbanites mean vast new opportunities for construction firms, public transportation, utilities and appliance makers, and a break from the cycle of farmers consuming only what they produce...Urbanization has already proven to be one of the most wrenching changes in China's 35 years of economic reforms. Land disputes rising from urbanization account for tens of thousands of protests each year.Add to Lightbox Download
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