When A Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind -- by Jonathan Watts

By Jonathan Watts

Whilst one thousand million chinese language bounce is a street trip into the way forward for our species. touring from the mountains of Tibet to the deserts of internal Mongolia through the Silk street, tiger farms, melanoma villages, weather-modifying bases, and eco-cities, Watts chronicles the environmental influence of monetary development with a sequence of gripping tales from the rustic at the entrance line of world improvement. He talks to nomads and philosophers, marketers and scientists, rural farmers and concrete shoppers, analyzing how people are attempting to adapt to at least one of the main striking bursts of switch in human heritage, then poses a question that may have an effect on all of our lives: Can China discover a new approach ahead or is that this mammoth kingdom doomed to exaggerate the error that experience already taken humanity to the threshold of catastrophe?

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I also spied a hydroelectric dam and the wreckage of three recent accidents, including a bus that had slipped into a ravine during the previous day’s rains, killing the driver and more than a dozen passengers. I had not expected paradise and tranquillity, but the first impression of Shangri-La was disappointing. No sooner had we passed through the giant red ornamental pillars of the tollbooth than we hit a construction site. A short drive on, Zhongdian was even less dreamlike. Like almost every other county town in China, it was filled with square buildings decorated with white tiles and tinted windows.

2 After he ended shooting, the concrete-and-timber house was left dilapidated; the ground was strewn with plastic bags, polystyrene lunch boxes, and wine bottles. The lake was split in half by a bridge nobody needed. A temporary toilet and road besmirched the landscape, and locals demanded compensation for sheep that choked to death on the refuse. I had come with one of the environmental activists who exposed the scandal and forced a cleanup. Zeren Pingcuo was a thickset Tibetan who worked as a nature photographer and conservationist.

They were paid for by the global mushroom economy. We saw our first roadside fungus hawkers an hour outside of Zhongdian. It was grueling work for the collectors: twelve hours a day scouring the hillsides for the slim, 2-centimeter stemlike protuberance that is all of the fruit that sticks out of the earth. On a good day, they said they could find five fungi that they could sell for about 15 yuan each. 33 With strong demand from overseas and more Chinese able to afford such exotica, northwest Yunnan and other Tibetan areas are in the midst of a fungal gold rush.

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