All Notes for GEOG 2253


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Unformatted text preview: a’s landscape— Divided by the Yangtze river Rice in the south Wheat & millet in the North North China Plain—anthropogenic landscape Heavily transformed by human activities Agriculture, urban areas, factories, etc. Chinese cities are fairly evenly distributed in China’s plains and valley (eastern region) China more rural than its neighbors Only 46% of China’s population lives in cities Some of largest and oldest cities in the world Traditional cities— Defensive walls Streets at right angles, narrow alleyways Europeans developed port cities (Shanghai) Communist Rule— 1949—shanghai was the world’s second largest city communists saw shanghai as a “Western” city Shanghai fell into decay, considered foreign Shanghai (1980s­present) Migrants enter (large expatriate community) People who left country to work in another country Building cranes can be seen everywhere Population at 20 million Currently Shanghai remains an important city Global city—influence on global economy, culture, art, fashion, research Center of finance and trade for mainland China Second busiest port in the world Singapore #11, Hong Kong #3 Major tourist destination Host of the Expo 2010 World’s Fair Nanjing Lu­Nanjing road—shopping important (most commerce on this street than anywhere in world) Beijing was historical capital (1644­1912) Beijing regained capital status in 1949 Communists have since transformed the city Old buildings razed in order to build broad avenues or highways Slide on D2L Other major cities— Shenzen— One of the fastest growing cities in the world Metro population around 8.5 million Major manufacturing center in China Manufacturing relocated to Shenzen from Hong Kong Home of China’s most successful high­tech companies iPods, iPhones, iPads, iMacs and notebooks for Apple Thinkpad notebook computers for Lenovo Shenzen was the first and most successful special economic zone in China Special Economic Zone—areas that allow tax incentives for foreign investment and state involvement is minimized Products are mostly export­orientated Guangzhou— Situated near Hong­Kong 3rd largest city in China and Southern China’s largest city Metro area population of rou...
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