Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Fantasy Forest

An example of the bullshit which I read about Liuzhou and complained about in my last post has, in recent weeks, been floating turd-like across the media, nearly always in paid for content. In fact, the same story has been appearing and disappearing for years.

According to most versions, Italian design firm Stefano Boeri Architetti is poised to save Liuzhou from perils of pollution by building a forest city to replace the dump we know and love so much.

image by Stefano Boeri Architetti

They promise the city will have a carbon footprint close to or even under zero. They claim the city will be “fully self-sufficient and run on renewable energy, namely geothermal and solar energy“, improving “several environmental factors, including but not limited to: improving average air temperature, improving the local air quality, reduce all types of pollution, generate a wide range of habitats for local wildlife and improving the region’s biodiversity.

Once finished, the city will hold over a million plants and trees with a capacity to absorb 10,000 tons of CO2 and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year.

The city will have full electrical wiring with  commercial and  residential areas, hospitals, schools, etc. Only electric vehicles will be allowed, including a shuttle to the airport and rail station.

The sting in the lengthy tale is that the super-city will have accommodation for a mere 30,000 people. In a city with an urban population close to a million, that is but one turdlet in the bowl.

I’ve spoken to several people who might reasonably have all the gen on this, but no one has heard of the plan, never mind able to say where it will arise.

Still, they have announced that work has started and it will be ready for the government inhabitants to move in in 2020 – roughly the same time frame they gave when they announced the same scheme last time.

image by Stefano Boeri Architetti

All images are artists’ impressions – of course. They haven’t built anything in Liuzhou that’s real.

. This entry was posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 6:30 pm and is filed under Liuzhou News, Pollution, Strawberry Fields. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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