In recent years, Chinese cities have expanded rapidly with their urbanization rate rising steadily over the past half century from 29.04 percent in 1995 to 41.76 percent in 2004. The urban scale has enlarged quickly in the wake of growth in urban population. From 2000 to 2005, China's completed urban areas rose from 22,439 square kilometers to 32,521 square km with the density of urban population increasing from 442 per sq km to 870 per sq km; and the residential housing space was up from 4.41 billion square kilometers to 10.77 billion square kilometers.
Urbanites' living environment has kept improving in China. So far, there are seven national forest cities around the country, namely, the city of Guiyang in southwestern Guizhou Province, Shenyang in northeastern Liaoning Province, the city of Changsha in central-south Hunan Province, Chengdu in southwestern Sichuan Province, Baotou in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, the city of Xuchang in cenral Henan Province and Lin'an in eastern Zhejiang Province were honored as the ��National Forest Cities�� by the China Greening Committee and the State Forestry Administration.
By People's Daily Online