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The Fastest Changing Place on Earth

Investigative documentary series. Following the lives of three people in rural China as their tiny farming community is transformed by a massive government urbanisation project.

This World tells the story of White Horse Village, a tiny farming community deep in rural China. A decade ago, it became part of the biggest urbanisation project in human history, as the Chinese government decided to take half a billion farmers and turn them into city-dwelling consumers.

It is a project with a speed and scale unimaginable anywhere else on Earth. In just ten years, the Chinese Government plan to build thousands of new cities, a new road network to rival that of the USA and 300 of the world's biggest dams.

Carrie Gracie follows the lives of three local people during this upheaval, filmed over the past six years.

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