Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
China is a place of contrasts which has undergone a remarkable level of evolution and development in recent decades. It now stands as the second largest economy in the world and has the largest population. Many people are familiar with the large eastern coastal strip cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, but this presentation by Professor Adrian Pitts will focus on areas further west.
Although there has been significant city urbanisation and economic development, less well known is the redevelopment of rural areas in which 600 million people still reside. For more than 10 years the Chinese Government has been supporting revitalisation of villages, and of particular interest are areas in the southwest of China with various ethnic minority communities and cultures.
Using numerous photographs and drawings, the presentation will illustrate some of the changes taking place by considering one of the major cities, Chongqing, and contrasting this with some of the redevelopment of village and rural areas in the most south-westerly province of Yunnan.