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During the summer, heavy rain floods Chinese cities every year. Social media are awash with images and videos of streets turned into canals. Despite of governmental efforts to address the problem, it doesn’t seem to get better. In a well-researched piece, Wellestudio163 columnist Zhang Fan explores China’s dysfunctional urban planning policy and points out its failings. getAbstract recommends this in-depth read to anyone curious about China’s social issues and urbanization challenges.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Chinese cities flood so much,
  • Why the situation hasn’t gotten better and
  • What China has been doing to address its flooding problems.

About the Author

Zhang Fan is an op-ed columnist for the news collective Wellestudio163 which  specializes in social commentary and trending cultural topics.



Heavy summer rains inevitably lead to flooding in China. Whether you are out west in Chengdu, inland in Wuhan, down south in Xiamen or up north in Beijing, you’ll see clogged-up city streets and people wading through the water half submerged.