36 buildings VS 2.5 tons of dynamite.
Chen Village, full with buildings located within the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, is a prime example of a trend that has emerged in China’s hyper growth.
Zhengzhou is a Chinese city and the provincial capital of Henan Province in east-central China. As a prefecture-level city, it also serves as the political, economic, technological, and educational center of the province. As well as a major transportation hub for Central China. The city lies on the southern bank of the Yellow River, and is one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China.
Famous as a “chengzhongcun” or ‘village in the city,’ these areas are some of the most densely population in the country with many buildings. But Chinese language officials have decided to open up some space in Zhengzhou. And that means blowing up a lot of buildings.
Thirty-six structures in about 20 seconds, to be precise. The entire effort on August 4th required 2.5 tons of dynamite. And is part of an ongoing effort to destroy chengzhongcun. Past destructive efforts have resulted in high-rises, malls, hotels, skyscrapers. When other urban villages were demolish, residents didn’t get compensation.
There’s no readily available information out there about what did happen to the former residents of Chen Town. But hopefully they were able to get safe in new housing as quickly as their old homes were damaged.