'Half these apartments are empty': Mao’s former home city struggles with growth | Cities

THE GUARDIAN | on Mon, Mar 20, 3:00 AM

A sprawling city of 3.7 million people, Changsha boasts more than 2,000 years of history. The capital of China’s Hunan province extends along the east bank of the Xiang river, in whose waters Chairman Mao used to swim when he was a student. Two millennia before, the city was a state capital under the Han Dynasty. There’s little trace of it today. Much was wiped out in 1938 when the city burned for three days. More than 20,000 people died and two-thirds of the city’s buildings were destroyed a...

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