guangdong #1

The centre of the manufacturing universe, Guangdong Provence now has the largest population in China. Bigger than most countries even it’s hit 110 million, with a migrant worker population in that total of 31 million, most of them in Dongguan and other salubrious holiday resorts. The figure doesn’t include illegal or unregistered migrants, so like the official population which just hit 1.3 billion, there’s probably a few million more swimming around the province.

Guangdong Province, one of the economic powerhouse in China, has replaced central Henan Province to become the most populous region in the country, Guangdong Provincial Governor Huang Huahua announced Friday.

The figure includes 79 million registered permanent residents and 31 million migrants who have lived in Guangdong for more than six months, Huang said at the on-going Third Session of the 10th provincial People’s Congress.

Elaborating the major reason for the change, Huang said that though Henan and Sichuan are the most populous regions in China, residents from the two provinces have come to Guangdong in recent years looking for jobs.

As the Pearl River Delta is now teemed with temporary migratory workers from elsewhere in China, acknowledged Huang, the provincial government will move some of them to the eastern and western parts of Guangdong and some mountainous areas.

Previously, Henan Province was China’s most populous region with a registered permanent population of 94.72 million.

— China Daily

The Other Path – Landscape Initiatives project

Geri Wittig presented an overview of the C5 Landscape Initiative project at Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts yesterday. The presentation came at the end of her trek of the Great Wall, gathering GS data for The Other Path

By creating a data model of this historically significant path we plan to develop a pattern matching search procedure for locating the most similar data model in the Landscape. Based on archeological geophysics C5 will use GPS, DEM and Spatial Imaging technology to create databases of the 3D character of the paths and a model of the environment in which they are situated. By searching various GIS databases C5 will identify the most similar terrain in California, on the tranverse edge of the Pacific Rim. A C5 team will be dispatched to collect data and documentation from both the originating path in China and the other path in California using 3D-image capture and GPS measurement data. The installation will include interactive computer visualization of the paths, comparative analysis of the matching terrain models, photo and video documentation and 3D-object fabrication of the paths as sculptural objects.