|Saturday, 08 December 2012|
|Chinese developers are planning to flatten 700 mountains to make way for a new town in the north-west of the country.
The nation’s most ambitious “mountain moving” project is slated for a patch of desert the outskirts of Lanzhou in the Gansu province and is estimated to cost $3.2bn, according to the Guardian.
But developers hope the cost and effort will be worth it, with the new metropolis potentially able to boost the region’s GDP by $38bn by 2030.
Lanzhou, home to 3.6 million people, already has the nation’s worst air pollution and the region is notoriously arid, with water in scarce supply.
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