Pearl River Delta China Experiments with a New Kind of Megalopolis

Beijing is building a megacity in the Pearl River Delta that it hopes will one day rival New York and Tokyo. This colossal urbanization project is a bold attempt at metropolitan integration -- and perhaps also a plan by the Chinese leadership to keep Hong Kong under its thumb.
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The Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macau Bridge is 55 kilometers long.

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Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong is a staunch opponent of the Greater Bay Area initiative.

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IT entrepreneur Eric Pan came to Shenzhen 15 years ago. He says he found a haphazard, creative chaos. "It was awful, but it felt great."

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THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE GERMAN PRINT EDITION OF DER SPIEGEL 30/2019 ON JULY 20, 2019 AND HAS BEEN UPDATED.