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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… Source link

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Hong Kong must tackle abuse of colonial-era policy on homes in its villages to sort out housing shortage

It took Dennis Bray, the then colonial Hong Kong government’s district commissioner for the New Territories, six frenzied weeks in 1972 to draft the small-house policy that has for the past five decades shaped the lives of all of Hong Kong’s 700,000 traditional villagers. Cynics say he was buying off powerful traditional village lobbies as the government sought to avoid confrontation while it acquired land to build Hong Kong’s new towns. Sympathisers say he was justifiably trying to stabilise our many clan villages and the traditional Hong Kong village life…

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