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:confused: these are all fake..this will be china in 20 years
Really? Because they already all exist whenever I go there. These scenes are very commonplace in Chinese cities, I'm not particularly impressed with these pictures.
 

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Amazing... how many New York/Los Angelos sized cities do you have in china? How many cities look like the ones posted?

Chinese cities are very big and modern. Actually, you won't feel like you're in a developing country in many of them. Unlike many other developing countries, they are generally more organized, clean and free of slums. Also, these kind of skylines are very typical of Chinese cities. Here are some major ones.

I'll list them:

Shanghai
Beijing
Shenzhen
Hong Kong
Guangzhou
Chongqing
Dalian
Nanjing
Shenyang
Chengdu
Kunming
Urumqi
Tianjin
Wuhan
Fuzhou
Hangzhou
Zhengzhou
 

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Urumqi, Capital of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. The city, although majority Han, is a big mix of different cultures, including Uighur, Kazakh, Hui Moslems and Kyrgyz. Uighurs are the majority in the province, they are a Moslem Turkish people, Caucasian features.

I have been to this province, it is an interesting place. You see a mix of Chinese and Islamic civilization here. Here is the view from People's Square.



They are pioneering many new energy technologies in this province. Outside the city, you will see electric windmills for miles on end. I was amazed at this sight as I entered the city on the highway from Turfan.



Bus in local ethnic style.



The city's growing skyline against the backdrop of majestic mountains. Urumqi is known as the city farthest away from any body of water in the world. It is also the greatest, most modern metropolis of all of Central Asia. Here you will see many Russian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Tajik, Pakistani, Indian, Kyrgyz, Iranian businessmen. It is a revival of the old Silk Road. You cannot believe there is such a modern city in Central Asia. Just hours from Afghanistan.

 

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Local Mosque. Islam is the dominant region in Northwest China. Not just in Xinjiang, but also in Ningxia province, home of the Hui Moslems. There is also a strong Moslem influence in Gansu and Qinghai provinces.








 

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Outside the city are unspoiled wilderness and mountains of incomparable beauty, where Kazakh nomads still roam.







China is a great and vast country of many peoples.
 

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Urumqi looks better than Los angeles and New york, amazing considering the location of the city. What's the population of Urumqi?

Yeah, when I first went there I was amazed. I expected a backward, delapidated city in the middle of the desert. Instead, it was a city in a great natural setting, very clean, modern, and bustling.

The population is probably 3-4 million.
 

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Urumqi new trade capital for the west
AP
Christopher Bodeen
Monday, March 13, 2006

Above the shouts of Afghan and Pakistani traders, a voice booms in heavily accented Putonghua in the airport in Urumqi, Xinjiang.

"You've got 20,000 meters of cloth?" a bearded trader thunders into a phone. "Great, but don't bother waking the boss. I'll call when I land."

Merchants from Lahore, Karachi and Kabul are struggling to get their purchases aboard a flight to Islamabad.

Businessmen in skull caps and traditional shalwar kameez outfits heave massive bundles to the check-in counter. Off to one side, their partners guard stacks of radio-controlled planes, talking dolls and stuffed animals.

Regional traders are flocking to Urumqi, now a city of four million people. They are part of a revival of a modern-day Silk Road powered by mobile phones and air travel.

Pakistan's trade with China grew 26 percent to a record US$3 billion (HK$23.4 billion) in 2004. It is projected to grow by another US$2 billion for 2005.

Sino-Indian trade has soared in recent years, from a mere US$1 billion in 1991 to US$13.6 billion last year.

The growth can be traced in part to Beijing's drive to lift incomes in the west. Xinjiang has seen its economy boom over the past half-decade: its total trade more than tripled between 2000 and 2004 to US$6 billion.

Trade is conducted in languages including English, the region's native Uygur and, increasingly, Putonghua.

Urumqi now boasts 50-story office blocks, gaudy stores and nightclubs. For sheer glitz and opportunity, there isn't a metropolis to rival it within 2,000 kilometers.

Traders say there's still plenty of room for growth, particularly if free- trade zones are set up.

Yet, like many watching the country's explosive growth, China-based shoe manufacturer Kasheef Gulzar worries that its massive exports will overwhelm businesses such as Pakistan's once-vaunted leather industry.

"It's hard to match their design and quality. They're becoming a kind of center of gravity for regional trade."
 

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around 1.5 million population

That has to be an old figure. Because it was about 1.5 million back in 1990. There has been a lot of growth there, I think it is over 3 million at least now.
 

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My hometown, Xiamen in Fujian province. Population is around 1.5 million. It is a nice charming city with a lot of culture.







 

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Dalian, a prosperous clean port city in Northeastern China. Population, about 3 million. The former mayor Bo Xilai, who governed Dalian from the late 90's to only a couple years ago when he was promoted to being Liaoning Governor and then I think he is now commerce secretary, well, he's largely responsible for Dalian's new revolution. Dalian was formerly an industrial center that was in decline, but Bo had the vision to use sparse city funds to rejuvenate the city's ecosystem and improve the city's sanitation, infrastructure, and greenery instead of simply investing in more industries. He was criticized severely by many other officials, but his strategy paid off handsomely. Now, Dalian citizens are amongst the proudest amongst China and have a strong sense of civic pride and duty, and the beauty of the city has translated to an investment boom. Bo Xilai, who is the son of a famous revolutionary fighter, is one of the most competent and charismatic politicians in China. Many suggest he is due to succeed Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao as amongst a member in the next top central leadership.






They are famous for their soccer team.



 
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