The Christian Science Monitor : 2019-02-11

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in pictures 1 STORY AND PHOTOS BY JONATHAN BROWNING / CONTRIBUTOR China razes peaks to build a city from scratch The bold plan to build an entirely new city in the arid and dusty province of Gansu was given the green light in 2012 as part of the Chinese government’s “Go West” initiative – one of many projects with the aim of bringing wealth and prosperity to the people in China’s often neglected remote west. I visited the site the same year the project launched and witnessed some of the estimated 700 mountains being flattened to make the 500-square-mile site. Seven years and massive infrastructure projects later (400 miles of new road, water diverted from the Yellow River, and the construction of schools, power plants, and countless housing blocks) the “diamond” of China’s Belt and Road Initiative is open and ready for people to move in. I returned to photograph what was promoted as a city of lakes and green trees, but I found it to be more a sea of gray concrete and yellow earth. Countless developments look to be on pause while new ones are springing from the flattened ground. LANZHOU NEW AREA, CHINA – 5 r 4 HERCULEAN TASK A migrant worker sweeps sand and dust in a large city square. 5 LONE PEDESTRIAN A woman walks past a topiary sculpture in what could be considered the downtown; the buildings in the background are part of a large mall complex that has yet to open its doors. 22 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY FEBRUARY 11, 2019 | PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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