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China is a country with 5,000 years of history fueling it’s present — and it’s place in the international spotlight. In this series, we explore the country, talk to it’s people and investigate what future might look like for the more than 1.3 billion people that live there. Watch the video to get started on Shelby Holliday’s journey with her, and learn more in our timeline and behind the scenes slideshow.
Because of the extensive history of China, we chose to begin our timeline at the end of the Han Dynasty, around 220 A.D., and focus more on the recent major events that have made China the place it is today.
China’s Building Boom
Behind the Scenes: Shelby & Demetrius Travel to China
In 2011, the Chinese economy moved into second place on the global list of the world’s largest and some people predict that it will be on the top spot in just a few more years. But all of the rapid change comes at a cost, both to the environment and to many workers fueling the growth.
The cities of China are undergoing a building boom. In a plan to boost the economy and create more jobs, the country plans to build 50,000 skyscrapers in the next ten years. They’re also building the transportation systems — airports, roads and a high-speed train system — to support the people who will live and work in all of those buildings.
The more China grows, the more of everything they produce — including pollution. More than half of the water is considered “unfit for human use,” and record-air air pollution has shut down entire cities and caused breathing problems for millions.
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