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China announces plans to create mega-city of 42 million people

The Daily Telegraph reported today that city planners in China will create the world's biggest mega city by merging nine cities to create a metropolis with a population of 42 million:

The "Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One" scheme will create a 16,000 sq mile urban area that is 26 times larger geographically than Greater London. The new mega-city will cover a large part of China's manufacturing heartland, stretching from Guangzhou to Shenzhen and including Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. Together, they account for nearly a tenth of the Chinese economy.