An old woman picking up rebar for recycling in Xiancun

Unreal Estate and China’s Collective Unconscious

An old woman picking up rebar for recycling in Xiancun

Among Guangzhou’s many urban villages, Xiancun particularly stands out, because it is located in the middle of the city’s newly developed Central Business District (CBD). As a result, the financial stakes are much higher for the government and developers, as well as for the original villagers, who collectively have rights to the village land. 

Xiancun, Guangdong 2013