Fengjie was completed rebuilt. We can only still see the remains of the Old Town which is currently being carried away.
From the size of this city alone – a metropolis with 1 million inhabitants – we can begin to see the enormous logistical efforts which are behind the dam project. Not all of the population was treated in the same way. Some villages had to relocate to completely different areas, some even to China’s southernmost island, Hainan.
In China there is one principle, completely unknown in the West. Only the state can own the ground and land. Private ownership is restricted to the houses and structures built on the land. If building activities are planned, private owners must be paid at least the same value but no one can block building plans by claiming ownership of the land. This helps to explain the enormous speed of business in China.
Out in the country in some cases, you can still see traditional cemeteries. In cities today only cremations using urns are permitted.
Wanzhou, a city with a population of 1.25 million, has also been completely re-built.
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