Shanghai attracted more than 9.5 million new people last year, making it the most attractive city for migrants. Beijing followed with a net inflow of 7.7 million.
Said one Hunan man regarding Shanghai’s attractiveness:
I choose to work in Shanghai upon graduation. In addition to more opportunities, the city has quality education resources, advanced medical services and highly civilized residents, which my hometown cannot compare with. So I hope I can settle down in the city with my family in the future;
But there is a tradeoff here: residents are concerned about the high pressure that this sudden rise in population puts on water, land and social stability.
“The majority of underage criminals in Shanghai are from other parts of China,” indicates Ecns.cn .
But new migrants are trying harder than ever to seduce the residents by doing whatever it takes to integrate themselves into their new environment. Parallel to this effort, the government has implemented new schemes that would boost the attractiveness of mid-sized cities to reduce the pressure on larger ones. Hopefully those schemes include getting rid of architectural abominations such as these.
[Image credit: @kennedy_shatzer]
By Aliaume Leroy