The image is a satellite map from Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review that pinpoints a series of garbage dumps that encircle the city of Beijing, in what’s been affectionately dubbed the ‘7th Ring’ by photographer Wang Jiuliang.
In case you aren’t China l33t, 7th Ring refers to the 6 Ring roads which serve as highways surrounding Beijing:
With “Beijing’s Seventh Ring” (a name coined by Wang) now clearly in sight, the capital no longer looks grand, classic, or rational. It is a city suffocated by the garbage of its own production. Moreover, the area that the Seventh Ring occupies is also the area where the majority of Beijing’s migrant population lives. In other words, the laborers who contribute the most to the city’s growth and vitality now bear the brunt of the city’s waste
For the full Cross Currents profile and gallery of photographer Wang Jiuliang, who documents the lives of workers living in Beijing’s dumps, click here.