China’s urban expansion

Contemporary China has been experiencing a dramatic development and transformation. The rapid urban expansion has been ‘eating out’ more and more farmland and mountains day by day. Shenzhen in southern China sharing the bounder with Hong Kong is a 29-year-old young metropolis built from scratch. When I first came here after graduation, Shenzhen was then only a baby, fresh, full of mystery, uncertainty, challenge and possibility. In the last three decades, I have witnessed the city’s dramatic expansion. Millions of migrants from all over China come here to pursue their dreams and fight against reality under the big motto ‘Time is Money, and Efficiency is Life’. While the population has turned from 20, 000 to 13 million, the cityscape has been occupied by countless skyscrapers grown out of the mass green field, mountains, the southern China sea, and is still on its way expansion through the net-like construction sites everywhere. The dream of old day has turned into reality, but mixed with excitement and anxiety.

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© Haibo YU. 2009

《城市的扩张》

南中国深圳,一座现代化都市,却年仅29岁。
我大学毕业后投奔到这座新城的时候,深圳还是刚刚出生的缨儿。一切都在开始,一切充满着神秘、未知和挑战。
风雨20多年我参与并目睹了深圳的一天天扩张,移民的欲望与梦想在这里比拚博斗,在“时间就是金钱,效益就是生命”标语中度过每一天。于是,大面积农田、山岭、海滩上快速长出林立的高楼大厦。城市中随处看到的是用钢筋水泥钢架编织的工地,看不见人的存在。梦境般的现实让人充满着恐慌。

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