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China is building a forest city

China may be known for its pollution but that could change with its construction of a 'Forest City'


China may be home to some of the most polluted cities based on data collected by the World Health Organization, but the country is making strides to reverse its notorious harmful environmental practices. Thanks to Stefano Boeri Architetti, an Italian architectural agency known for its urban designs, is constructing the world's first "Forest City," aiming to have it completed by 2020.

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The urban development project will sit along the Liujiang River in the region of Guanzi in southern China. The city will function as any other traditional town--it'll have schools, offices, hotels, and homes--but it will be covered in thousands of trees and plants.

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The unorthodox development plan, which will rely on nearly 40,000 trees and more than 1 million plants, hopes to emit clean air--reversing China's reputation as a polluted city. In fact, the town when completed is expected to absorb nearly 57 tons of oxygen per year.

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