My village didn't even have a traffic light. Now it has 1.4 million people | Cities

THE GUARDIAN | on Mon, Mar 20, 4:00 AM

I grew up in a semi-tropical southern village, and that village grew up with me. We both underwent huge changes. I went from being a skinny, snot-nosed, lonely girl into an adolescent hungry for escape, while my village grew from a small agricultural town (Xian), into a bustling city (Shi) of 1.4 million inhabitants. Today, Wenling is a typical medium-sized metropolis in Zhejiang province, southern China[1]. Like many of the hundreds of Chinese towns that have grown into cities over the past ...

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