“However, one main difference between the approaches of China and Ebeneezer Howard is that nowadays since transport and movement is much more common and the scale of growth is much bigger, the intents of creating this garden city in Chengdu is less about combining the urban and rural lifestyles of the people and is instead more about creating a ‘Green Megapolis’ as an urban center to drive up the economy of the city and create an attraction to this central area.”

– Bhoovarahan Subhiksha, “Chengdu’s Garden City proposal vs Ebeneezer Howard’s Original Garden City,” 2019


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How is Chengdu portrayed in the media? : Chinese vs Foreign

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Chengdu was first proposed to be developed as a Modern Garden City by town planners because of the clear natural advantage that the area had in comparison to other major Chinese cities. Chengdu itself was placed within a rich mountainous region, which meant that there was an abundance of greenery in comparison to more crowded ...

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