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Wen-hsin Yeh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219236

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219236.001.0001

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“A High Place Is No Better Than a Low Place”: The City in the Making of Modern China

“A High Place Is No Better Than a Low Place”: The City in the Making of Modern China

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(p.98) Three “A High Place Is No Better Than a Low Place”: The City in the Making of Modern China
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Becoming Chinese
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Strand David

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520219236.003.0003

This chapter considers the major attributes of modern Chinese cities and explores the making of an urban China. This study focuses on Lanzhou, the northwestern center of camel-caravan trade and the geographical center of China. It argues that while Lanzhou's prosperity is tied to distant markets and its dependency on the regional as well as the national economy, there is no national urban network that patterned itself after a hierarchy. It explains that what the material connections and mobility among the cities had promoted was a mental picture rather than a physical reality of city life as one of continuous and simultaneous activity.

Keywords:   Chinese cities, China, Lanzhou, national economy, urban network, city life

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