It’s being called the largest “mountain-moving project” in Chinese history: a move to flatten 700 mountains near Lanzhou to build up China’s next metropolis. Located near the arid Gansu province in northwestern China, the city already has major environmental concerns, such as ranking the worst air pollution in China.

The Chinese claim that the Lanzhou New Area will boost western growth, and “lead to an environmentally sustainable economy based on energy-saving industries,” but we wonder if those claims are genuine and whether the new development will buckle under the pressure of a real estate bust and end up as one more of China’s notorious ghosts towns, a monumental one at that.

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