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Post time 2004-7-30 22:02:28 |Display all floors

Xi'an -- Since 1046 BC -- a Chinese city that is at least 3050 years old!!

Xi’an, one of China's oldest cities, was the capital of the Zhou (1046-256 bc) , Qin (Ch’in) (221-206 bc), and Western (earlier) Han (206 bc-ad 8) dynasties. It was again the capital under the Sui (589-618) emperors, and, known as Chang’an (also Ch’ang-an), was the capital and prosperous eastern terminus of Central Asian trade routes under the Tang emperors.

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Post time 2004-7-31 20:51:02 |Display all floors

Urbanization -- a historic view

Aggregation of people into large urban centers marks one of the transformations of fundamental importance in human history. Starting about 6,000 years ago in various parts of the world, large towns, and eventually cities, grew out of what were formerly agrarian village societies. This process involved much more than an increase in the size of communities. It also included marked changes in the way people interacted, in people’s relationship with the environment, and in the way people structured their societies.

The urban revolution appears to have happened first from about 5500 to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, southwestern Iran, and eastern Syria,where irrigation technology was developed around 5500 BC. During the next 2000 years, the people advanced slowly. Between 3500 and 2900 BC, the number of Mesopotamian settlements that housed over 1000 people increased. From 2900 to 2350 BC, a period called the early dynastic period, saw a significant growth in populations of some settlements, which could be called cities by their sheer sizes.

Around the same time period as the early dynastic period of Mesopotamia, similar changes occured in the Yellow River Valley of China where one of the greatest early civilizations of Eurasia developed. On the alluvial plain of the Yellow River, formerly Neolithic farming villages allied themselves into federations ruled by chiefs, which in turn coalesced into an early state in the Age of the Five Rulers (2700-2200 BC).

Known from their myths, their early writings on oracle bones, and archaeological excavations, the Shang dynasty is one of China’s best-understood early civilizations. It took generations to centralize authority, and the capital moved to several cities while the rulers were chosen from several different lineages. However, power ultimately was vested in one royal family, and the city of Anyang became the permanent capital. All the while, the people of the Shang dynasty developed a bronze industry that produced amazing vessels and tools in great quantity.

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Post time 2004-7-31 20:52:55 |Display all floors

Chinese Cities Expand to Meet Development Plans

(From People's Daily)

A growing number of cities in south China's Guangdong Province, one of the country's economic powerhouses, are expanding to prepare for faster economic growth in the future.

Ten of Guangdong's 33 county-level cities have become urban districts of other larger cities in the past couple of years, saida local official in charge of construction.

In the latest move, Huiyang City was turned into a district under its jurisdiction of Huizhou city to facilitate the quick construction of a petrochemical project by Royal-Dutch/Shell Groupand China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), the official said.

Other larger cities such as Shantou, provincial capital Guangzhou, Jiangmen, and Foshan have taken similar actions to speed up economic development.

Inclusion of Nansha into Guangzhou's southward urban expansion plan will double the area of Guangzhou's present urban districts and turn Guangzhou into an even larger city which sits on both an inland river and the coast and has a population of over 10 million.

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Post time 2004-8-2 14:04:14 |Display all floors

Re: "WITHOUT BECOMING SUCH MONSTER PLACES AS SHENZHEN or other towns in China"

What complete crap from an ignorant,  self-professed racist China-hater of this board!

Contrary to what the resident racist xxx likes to portray, Shen Zhen is an "International Garden City", and its crime rate is very low compared to many western cities this resident racist xxx is proud of, such as LA or NY.

Apart from its commercial developments, the city of Shen Zhen is also known as a rising city for tourism. At present, there are more than 50 scenic spots and 139 star-ranked hotels. In November 2000 Shenzhen won the honor of being entitled an "International Garden City" at the "Green Oscars". Park-building is serious business fot the municipal government. State-of-the-art leisure parks are dotted throughout this band-shaped city stretching from east to west (with a north-to-south width of about 5 km), and are all free of charge to city residents.  Although many visitors do not venture beyond its sprawling concrete mass, there are a number of different places to visit whilst staying in Shenzhen:

Window of the World (世界之窗)
Splendid China (錦繡中華微縮景區)
China Folk Culture Villages (中國民俗文化村)
Happy Kingdom (歡樂谷)
Safari Park Shen Zhen (深圳野生動物園)

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Post time 2004-8-2 14:37:01 |Display all floors

I also hate such monster places..

..like most of cities over 1 milion.
Cities with high number and density of polulation are all monsters for me, no matter where/which country.
I've been many times to all these beautiful places in Shenzhen listed by thestud. And yes ,I'll see them again next time around, for they are indeed splendid.
But, Stud, there are other places there . Blocks of flats built 2 feet from each other. I repeat , 7 floor or higher buildings standing from 40cm to 70cm from each other. The huge monuments of breaking the building law . Huge evidences of bribes somebody who accepted the building plans took.

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Post time 2004-8-2 14:45:46 |Display all floors

Shen Zhen, the Garden City

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Post time 2004-8-2 14:46:27 |Display all floors

Shen Zhen, the Garden City

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