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Urbanization Visualized

From the series Cities of China

We talk a lot about the massive urbanization that has taken place in China since the 1980s but what does it look like? In the past installments of this series on China’s cities, I have highlighted a video of different cities around China that show what this urbanization looks like from the ground—the roads, the parks, the buildings, the people.

But what does urbanization look like from a distance—from space?

Today’s video clip is a bit different. Produced by Tech Insider,  it is a collection of satellite images taken of various cities over the course of decades. You can watch the cities grow before your eyes!


Image credit:NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman is Vice President of Partnership and China Engagement and editor of ZGBriefs. Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University …View Full Bio

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