Living in China: 60% of Chinese will live in cities in 20 years

Huang Wenqing grew up in a remote village in China’s Anhui province, where his family were pig farmers. Today he is a team manager in a car components factory in the suburbs of Beijing. Huang, 32, is part of a huge wave of rural workers streaming into China’s cities in search of better opportunities.

People like him have been driving the country’s fast urbanization, a process which will see six out of every 10 Chinese people living in cities in 20 years, according to a top development planning official.

That means the nation will have around 900 million urban dwellers by 2030.

The Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction said that around 600 million people – 45 percent of the population – were urban dwellers by the end of 2007.

“The ratio has more than doubled from 21 percent in 1982, and the country remains on the fast track of urbanization,” Zhang Qin, deputy director of the ministry’s Urban and Rural Planning Department, said at a news conference.

She said that China will maintain its rapid pace of urbanization over the next two decades. However, due to its large population, the nation could never match the urbanization level of 90 percent attained by some developed countries.

“Experts put China’s maximum urbanization level at 60 to 70 percent, and that is a quite reasonable estimate,” Zhang said.

Zhang said the rapid rate of urbanization has been putting great pressure on housing and public services in cities.

Officials from the ministry pledged to remove the obstacles facing migrant workers in cities, particularly with regard to employment, their children’s education and access to social security.

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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  1. October 15, 2009

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