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China Flattens 700 Mountains near Lanzhou

Updated on December 8, 2012
Artist rendition of the new city.
Artist rendition of the new city.

When I first saw this story headline, I laughed but with curiosity. It seems the Chinese don't know what to do with their new wealth but to do BIG things, like, build a new metropolitan area near the current one, Lanzhou. But first....

They need to flatten some 700 mountains costing over two billion pounds, the whole project may cost seven billion pounds. It will be the first of many planned for the interior as China grows. China already has Tianjin Binhai, which is a copy of Manhattan! The location of the new city is near the Yellow River and in one of the most polluted areas being a major manufacturing center. China is also creating the longest man made concrete water canal-some 700 miles long from north to south.

Lanzchou has 3.6 million residents. Unlike Lanzchou, the new city will be built in a desert, desolate area. The mountain flattening began in October 2012.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 5 years ago

      China is a great polluter as it becomes a superpower.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Progress is always good, but I hope they do not make the mistake of damaging the environment for future generations. WE all know what that can do. Thanks for the update.

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      billd01603 5 years ago from Worcester

      I think with the technology we have today, It can be done. The questionn is why are they doing it. China's a big country. Can't they build the city elsewhere? I can't imagine them even thinking about doing that here in the US.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      I am still shocked this would be done.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice report. I had never heard about this place before. Thanks for writing and I really enjoy the pictures above. Voted up!