Role of housing in the Chinese economy
8 October 2012 Last updated at 03:22 BST
In one month, China will hold its Congress and unveil the names of its new leaders who will take the country through the next decade.
But they take over at a tricky time. The last 10 years have seen an unprecedented boom which has also created a divide between the country's rich and poor.
One area of the economy where there is a big gap is property, with millions of people now struggling to buy a home.
John Sudworth has more.