What?! China Developers to Flatten 700 Mountains to Build New City

Written by Michael Graham Richard

After years of hearing tales of the huge scale of everything in China, we tend to get desensitized. We don’t really feel the scale, we just hear abstract numbers. But in this case, I want to highlight extra hard just how crazy huge this is: One of the largest developers in China, the China Pacific Construction Group, is planning to spend around 22 billion yuans (3.5 billion dollars) to flatten 700 mountains in the Lanzhou area, to allow the construction of a new giant city over an area of 130,000 hectares about 50 miles from the current city.

“Lanzhou, home to 3.6 million people alongside the silty Yellow River, already has major environmental concerns. Last year the World Health Organisation named it the city with the worst air pollution in China. The city’s main industries include textiles, fertiliser production and metallurgy.” (source)

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Above is a view of what Lanzhou looks like. Notice the Lanshan mountains in the background. These aren’t just small hills… And the region is quite arid, which means that a big increase in population could put pressure on water resources.

People need places to live, that’s totally understandable. But let’s work with nature, not against it, and do things properly.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Andi P.
Andi P.9 months ago

development there very quickly making it suitable for mengatasi keputihan gatal berwarna coklat

Nikhil D
Nikhil Dutta2 years ago

The costs will outweigh any benefits.

Carmen C.
Carmen C.2 years ago

The Chinese of today need to look to their ancestors to once again learn to respect and treat with compassion both the environment and animals. If they destroy these mountains to build more apartments, they will not only destroy the environment and the animals that live in those areas, but they will end up destroying themselves. Wake up China and be a good example to the rest of the world, not the image of destruction you are currently presenting. Listen to your concerned citizens who love their country, their natural environment and animals.

Alicia Guevara
Alicia Guevara2 years ago

Crazy. :(

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn2 years ago

i shared it on facebook, is there a petition against this

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.2 years ago

P.S.: Some past civilizations have driven themselves to, or almost to extinction by destroying the ecosystem in which they live, and while I know that China is huge, consisting of multifarious ecosystems, this is just dumb.

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.2 years ago


Cate S.
Cate S.2 years ago

A depressing read.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago

They had to be chinese!! This should be illegal!!!

Dee Williams
Dee Williams2 years ago

Somehow, this needs to be stopped.