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  UGEB 2151 中國世紀工程
China's Mega-projects in the New Millennium
 
 

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Course Description
   
Number of Units: 3
Lecture Hours: 3 hours/week
Course Teacher: Prof. Huang Bo(bohuang@cuhk.edu.hk)
Language of instruction: Putonghua
 
Course Outline
In 2001-2006, China has built the highest railway in the world (Qinghai-Tibetan railway), a 4,200-km natural gas pipeline from Xinjiang to Shanghai, and restored the flow of the nation’s longest inland river (Tarim River) in Xinjiang. At the same time, mega projects committed since the 1970s are still under construction, including the Three-Norths Afforestation Shelterbelt (Green Great Wall), the Three Gorges Dam, the North-South Water Transfer Scheme (east and middle routes), the Clean Water-Blue Sky anti-pollution schemes, and the designation of nature conservation reserves to preserve biodiversity. These projects have been conceived for decades and are highly controversial in environmental, economic and social impacts. While the scale and impacts of these projects are unprecedented in the history of China, are they environmentally sustainable and acceptable by the people? What are the purposes of these projects and are there other alternatives? How will these projects affect China’s sustainable development in the 21st century?
 
 

The course focuses on the background, decision-making process, pros and cons as well as long-term implications of the projects. Lectures will be supplemented with slides and videos from time to time

 
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Course Highlights
 

1.



China emits 25 million tons of SO2 per year resulting in air pollution and acid rain problems. How to reduce SO2 emission?
「兩控制區工程」
 
2.


North China Plain suffers form water shortage problem. Will diversion of water from Yangtze River (南水北調工程) quench the thirsty north?
     

3.


Water contaminated by agrochemicals, effluent and heavy metals. How to make the water blue again?
「治理三河三湖工程」
4.


Tarim River in Xinjiang --
China's longest inland river. Flow disruption as a result of leftist policy in the 70s
「塔里木河生態復修工程」
     

5.


Jingjiang Dyke (荊江大堤) to prevent flooding of Yangtze River. Will Yangtze one day become the second Yellow River of China?
6.


Sustainable development in China, but how?
     

7.


Agroforestry in China - part of the Three Norths Afforestation Shelterbelt Project (三北防護林)
8.


Natural gas pipleline (西氣東輸) from Xinjiang to Shanghai. Clean energy? What else?
9.

Qinghai-Tibetain railway (青藏鐵路) -- highest in the world. Where will it lead to?
10.


The Three Gorges Dam project (三峽工程) - enormous economic, social and environmental impacts.
 
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Please also refer to the information in the Office of University General Education and CUHK Undergraduate Handbook
(Select Curriculum and then Course Details)