China is building. And buiding. And building. Until the horizon. -and that is no exaggeration- Most of it high end appertments, fancy investment projects which may or may not ever bring any return on investment. The housing bubble in China right now is of humungous proportions. I've heard it whisper -here, to be precise- that in China, 64 million high end appartments stand empty. (That includes China's now famous "Ghost cities" like Ordos) Meanwhile, the majority of the population cannot afford the housing they would like or need. But since 500 million people, the same amount as all of Europe, were elevated out of poverty into middle class in the past twenty years, investors hope this trend will continue and fill up these projects all by themselves.
As you can see in the 7th picture, not everybody agrees with the tearing down of their housing and the crap settlement monay they (sometimes) get offered for it. Some of them, like this guy near Song Zhuang, resist as long as they can. His makeshift tent, at the side of the road I took to my studio, was destroyed five times while I was there. When I left, he had erected it for the sixth time. They at least did not kill him or deport him into unknown destinations (usually one of the unofficial labour camps) outright, as was more commonly done ten years ago. I guess that is, in a way, progress.