China Hurries Back to Bicycle-friendly Cities to Curb Gridlocks and Pollution

SHANGHAI — After decades of getting its millions of citizens off their bicycles and into modern transportation, China is now struggling to make a big policy U-turn. Last month, southern China’s Zhongshan city for the first time filled its streets with 4,000 public bicycles, which citizens can ride free of …

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China’s City of the Future Rises on a Wasteland

TIANJIN ECO-CITY, China — Three years ago, this coastal area fit perfectly into the dictionary definition for “wasteland.” Its soil was too salty to grow crops. It was polluted enough to scare away potential residents. Sometimes the few fishermen who lived here saw investors driving in, but they quickly turned …

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Shanghai Struggles to Save Itself From the Sea

SHANGHAI — Some 1,000 years ago, the Chinese named this city “Shanghai” based on its location. It literally means “above the sea.” Those pioneers probably never imagined the situation that confronts this city today: Shanghai is on its way to being below the sea. Climate change is pushing up the …

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How a Chinese Landfill Reduces Emissions While Attracting Tourists and Cash

HANGZHOU, China — In one of this nation’s most popular tourist cities, famed for the beauty of its surrounding mountains, willow trees, lotus blossoms and ancient stone-arch bridges, a new sightseeing attraction is making its debut: the local landfill. With its so-called “trash tour,” the landfill has attracted more than …

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China’s New Urban Plan — Buy a Car, But Don’t Use It

SHANGHAI — One aspect of this country’s high-speed economic growth is that Chinese are getting richer and prefer to have their own cars. After decades of streets crowded with bicyclists pedaling their way to work, suddenly China has blossomed into the world’s largest auto market. But that isn’t something worth …

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