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Chinese play football in a green area set against the back drop of apartment buildings in Shanghai, China, Saturday, May 30, 2009. Block after city block, towers of concrete, steel and glass fill the skyline. .Teeming and congested, the intensely urban landscapes of China's biggest cities show a glimpse of what the future will hold for the rest of the country.In the sprawling megacities of Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, where populations exceed 10 million people, extreme urban density means that the number of people living within a few square blocks here is equal to the population of entire mid-size U.S. cities. .China's urban population soared to 607 million people last year _ nearly equaling the 700 million living in the countryside. The country's headlong plunge toward urbanization continues unabated as tens of millions of migrants from the countryside flood to cities in search of money, jobs and other opportunities.
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CHINA MEGACITIES
Chinese play football in a green area set against the back drop of apartment buildings in Shanghai, China, Saturday, May 30, 2009. Block after city block, towers of concrete, steel and glass fill the skyline. .Teeming and congested, the intensely urban landscapes of China's biggest cities show a glimpse of what the future will hold for the rest of the country.In the sprawling megacities of Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, where populations exceed 10 million people, extreme urban density means that the number of people living within a few square blocks here is equal to the population of entire mid-size U.S. cities. .China's urban population soared to 607 million people last year _ nearly equaling the 700 million living in the countryside. The country's headlong plunge toward urbanization continues unabated as tens of millions of migrants from the countryside flood to cities in search of money, jobs and other opportunities.