China’s mass urbanisation projects mean the end for Guangzhou’s 1,000 year-old urban villages

A doomsday atmosphere has developed in the village of Chentian on the outskirts of Guangzhou, the capital of China’s Guangdong province. Red banners urge local residents to leave the village that has stood for over 800 years, small shops are clearing out their inventories, and people who had lived there for decades are nervously debating their uncertain futures.The whole mini world of Chentian – made up of hundreds of low-rise concrete buildings and thousands of small shops and restaurants…

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