Beijing: In or Out
Organisation: Caixin Media Company Limited (China)
Publication Date: 04/06/2017
DescriptionBeijing, the political and cultural center of China, has been experiencing the so-called “megacity problem” for many years. Population explosion is one of the worst and the cause of many other problems: air pollution, rocketing housing price, traffic jam, etc. Therefore, the government and scholars have made a five-year plan to control total population as well as redistributing urban residence. For the 21 million Beijing residences, and more considering moving in, the regulation might cast great influence to their life and work and it’s impossible to understand the population problem without analyzing the cause and scale of it. The project “Beijing: In or Out” is trying to offer them useful information and insights on this issue. It analyzes the population composition of Beijing in two scales: time and geographical. With the data presented, readers would get a better understanding of how fast the population is growing, in which part of Beijing, and more importantly, why. By digging into historic data and calculating future data according to the government’s population control plan, we found the relationship between population, location and average income, which explains why the six central districts are attractive but lack of latent development. One of the goals of this project is to present data and facts, which is the unequal development between the six central districts and other districts. In addition, a more important goal is to explain the government’s five-year plan to the public in an interactive and easy-to-understand way to show future trend, opportunities, and possible solutions to the problem. This project is under Caixin’s data news column and it’s non-profit.
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