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New housing estate, Changzhou (Yangtze delta)

"China's city of dreams -- and extremes"
Shenzhen
The Guardian, May 05,1999
The high-speed train from Beijing eases into Shenzhen, within metres of the Hong Kong border. For any passenger in doubt, a huge sign on the terminal building says Shenzhen railway station in bold calligraphy. It was penned by Deng Xiaoping, the late paramaount leader who took a keen interest in China's first special economic zone.
 
 
Changzhou
The Guardian, May 30 2002
The city of Changzhou calls itself a "bright pearl in the Yangtze delta", not because of its natural beauty - the green paddy fields in the suburbs have long since been built  over, but because of its "comprehensive economic strength".
 
Hangzhou
The Guardian, November 5, 2002
Huang Qiuling, a former farmer who is now one of the 50 richest entrepreneurs in China, quotes Confucius in support of his leisure empire in the ancient capital of Hangzhou. The Master apparently said that he preferred to enjoy beautiful scenery and sing songs than to become a government official.
 
 

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