Thursday, May 26, 2011

City Profile 007: Beijing, China


Coordinates: 39°54′50″N 116°23′30″E
Elevation: 43.5 m (143 ft)
Daily Mean Temp: 54.6 Fahrenheit, 12.55 Celsius
Metro Population: 19,612,368
Estimated 2050 Metro Population: ?
Risks: Overpopulation, political center and therefor prone to conflict, water issues, pollution, poor air quality, censorship, dust storms.
Advantages: Capital of an emerging superpower, capital of a country with a history of civilization going back thousands of years, capital of one of the most aggressively expanding economies in the world, city of opprotunity in the future.
Resources: Immediate: Regional: Agriculture land, limestone, sand, gold, molybdenum, iron ore, marble, diopside, coal.
Other: Most likely will be one of, if not the most powerful cities on earth in 50-150 years.

Beijing Business District 2007. Photo: CobbleCC

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