Chinese developer’s secret battlefields

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China’s cities are strewn with hidden rubble fields, vast apocalyptic landscapes that terminate abruptly at the thresholds of bustling neighborhoods. The skeletons of houses show what once existed there. Onlookers say it resembles the aftermath of a bombing raid—and it does, except bombs aren’t this precise. The damage here obeys strict geometries. You can fill a wheelbarrow with what’s left of a house on this side of the road, while a house on that side stands without a scratch.

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China to flatten 700 mountains

One of China's biggest construction firms will spend £2.2 bn to flatten 700 mountains leveling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to build a new metropolis on the outskirts of the north-western city.

One of China’s biggest construction firms will spend £2.2 bn to flatten 700 mountains (via China Daily)

In what is being billed as the largest “mountain-moving project” in Chinese history, one of China’s biggest construction firms will spend £2.2 bn to flatten 700 mountains leveling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to build a new metropolis on the outskirts of the north-western city.

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How tall can it go in Changsha city

Its name is Sky City, and its 2,749 feet ,220 floors will grow in just 90 days in Changsha city, by the Xiangjiang river. (via GIZMODO)

According to its engineers, this will be the tallest skyscraper in the world by the end of March of 2013. Its name is Sky City, and its 2,749 feet (838 meters) distributed in 220 floors will grow in just 90 days in Changsha city, by the Xiangjiang river. Ninety days!

More at GIZMODO here.