China was already facing huge demographic and economic issues. However, a new study of satellite imagery shows that many of its towns and cities are shrinking, with experts warning that it could exacerbate the government’s problems. Photo: Simon Song

Almost one-third of Chinese cities are shrinking, but urban planners told to keep building

  • Satellite imagery monitored the intensity of night lights in more than 3,300 cities and towns between 2013 and 2016
  • In 28 per cent of cases, the intensity of lights had dimmed, but urban planners are still assuming China’s urbanisation will continue, research shows
Topic |   China economy

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China was already facing huge demographic and economic issues. However, a new study of satellite imagery shows that many of its towns and cities are shrinking, with experts warning that it could exacerbate the government’s problems. Photo: Simon Song
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