Another raft set out from the opposite shore, aiming to Changchun Map Tourist Attractions cross the river, providing a ferry service. This small raft carried six passengers, some Changchun Map Tourist Attractions full sacks and a bicycle. Lee said that it’s not infrequent for a raft to capsize. But there’s no great danger provided you can hold on to the raft, which cannot sink. The golden brown water looked like thick soup, with strong eddies. One spun the raft in a circle but Lee re-aligned it with ease.
Western media discussions of China revolve around criticisms of perceived political shortcomings, the impact of economic influences and, when addressing artistic practice, the focus is almost entirely on the commercialization of Chinese contemporary art. The public debate underestimates the contribution the Chinese experience makes to a broader reading of the re-imagining of the city and self in the first urban century. Not so academic and architect Rem Koolhaas, who has added another element by making urban China a focus of much of his writing and practice. Amongst other projects, he undertook the Harvard School of Design’s Great Leap Forward: Project on the City in 2001 and worked with Hou Hanru on several occasions on China-focused projects such as Beyond: An Extraordinary Space for Experimentation for Modernization in 2005. Koolhaas recognizes China’s great leap forward’ as essentially an urban leap of accelerated encounter within the population of China as well as between East and West (Koolhaas 2001).
It is estimated that some 300 million people in China will be relocated to urban centres between 2000 and 2020 (UN Habitat n.d.). Urbanization of China is a leap within an ancient tradition of cities’ (Friedmann 2005: 1). Of all historical civilisations, it is China that has been characterised most by great cities’ as until the Industrial Revolution in the West Chinese cities were ranked amongst the world’s top three cities by population in every century over a millennium’ (Taylor and Hoyer 2008: 23). Taylor and Hoyer list Kaifeng in 1100, Hangzhou in 1200, Najing in 1400 and Beijing in 1500 and again in 1800 ahead of London. Post-1900, China’s urbanization slowed compared to the West but now China has over 120 cities with populations of over one million people (Johnson 2008: 13).
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