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Hobbyists fly kites on reclaimed land in urban China

Hobbyists take advantage of government land clearance to fly kites in the congested southwestern Chinese megapolis of Chengdu...Here, a plot of farmland was recently cleared and flattened to make way for urban development. Hobbyists would enjoy the land until construction starts, and look for new pastures. ..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.

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Hobbyists take advantage of government land clearance to fly kites in the congested southwestern Chinese megapolis of Chengdu...Here, a plot of farmland was recently cleared and flattened to make way for urban development. Hobbyists would enjoy the land until construction starts, and look for new pastures. ..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.