Giant Chinese infrastructure projects that are reshaping the world

Big things are happening in the most populous country in the world.

A huge change is underway in China.

Over the next 10 years, the country plans to move 250 million people — the equivalent of Indonesia’s entire population — into the country’s rapidly growing megacities.

To accommodate that enormous migration, the country has invested billions of dollars in massive infrastructure projects. Some are already complete, while others are still in the works.

From highways that span the continent and the largest wind-power base in the world to enormous airports and new cities in the desert, China is showing what it really means to do big things.

Robert Johnson and Vivian Giang contributed to an earlier version of this story.
$110 MILLION: The Pingtang telescope was finally turned on in September 2016 and is now the world’s largest radio telescope. Its dish measures 1,640 feet across.
$110 MILLION: The Pingtang telescope was finally turned on in September 2016 and is now the world’s largest radio telescope. Its dish measures 1,640 feet across.
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$176 MILLION: The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory is where many of China’s major scientific projects are conducted. It’s the country’s most expensive research facility.
$176 MILLION: The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory is where many of China’s major scientific projects are conducted. It’s the country’s most expensive research facility.
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$200 MILLION: The Guangzhou Opera House is one of the three biggest theaters in China, designed by architect Zaha Hadid.
$200 MILLION: The Guangzhou Opera House is one of the three biggest theaters in China, designed by architect Zaha Hadid.
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$473 MILLION: The Qinling Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in China, measuring more than 11 miles underneath Zhongnan Mountain.
$473 MILLION: The Qinling Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in China, measuring more than 11 miles underneath Zhongnan Mountain.
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$532 MILLION: The Hainan power-grid project will get a second underwater cable that runs between the southern island of Hainan to mainland China. It’s slated to be completed in 2017.
$532 MILLION: The Hainan power-grid project will get a second underwater cable that runs between the southern island of Hainan to mainland China. It’s slated to be completed in 2017.
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$717 MILLION: The Kashgar-Hotan Railway connects all the cities and towns of the southwestern Tarim Basin.
$717 MILLION: The Kashgar-Hotan Railway connects all the cities and towns of the southwestern Tarim Basin.
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$760 MILLION: The building that’s home to China Central TV Headquarters is a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections, covering 1,551,837 feet.
$760 MILLION: The building that’s home to China Central TV Headquarters is a loop of six horizontal and vertical sections, covering 1,551,837 feet.
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$900 MILLION: The Tianhuangping hydroelectric project is the biggest in Asia and plays a vital role in supplying power to eastern China.
$900 MILLION: The Tianhuangping hydroelectric project is the biggest in Asia and plays a vital role in supplying power to eastern China.
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$1.1 BILLION: The 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center Project (on the right in this picture) is home to the second highest hotel in the world. The Park Hyatt Shanghai is on the 79th through 93rd floors.
$1.1 BILLION: The 1,614-foot-tall Shanghai World Financial Center Project (on the right in this picture) is home to the second highest hotel in the world. The Park Hyatt Shanghai is on the 79th through 93rd floors.
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$1.3 BILLION: The Baltic Pearl Project is China’s largest foreign-development project, consisting of residential and commercial properties outside St. Petersburg, Russia.
$1.3 BILLION: The Baltic Pearl Project is China’s largest foreign-development project, consisting of residential and commercial properties outside St. Petersburg, Russia.
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$1.7 BILLION: The Wuhan Tianxingzhou Yangtze River Bridge is a combined road and rail bridge that crosses the Yangtze River in the city of Wuhan.
$1.7 BILLION: The Wuhan Tianxingzhou Yangtze River Bridge is a combined road and rail bridge that crosses the Yangtze River in the city of Wuhan.
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$1.7 BILLION: The Nanjing Metro was completed in 2005 and is used by roughly 2 million people a day — that’s 717 million people a year.
$1.7 BILLION: The Nanjing Metro was completed in 2005 and is used by roughly 2 million people a day — that’s 717 million people a year.
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$1.8 BILLION: The Shanghai Yangtze River Tunnel and Bridge is the fifth-longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, at a length of nearly 16 miles.
$1.8 BILLION: The Shanghai Yangtze River Tunnel and Bridge is the fifth-longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, at a length of nearly 16 miles.
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$1.9 BILLION: The Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the fourth-busiest airport in mainland China. In 2015, it handled 42 million passengers.
$1.9 BILLION: The Chengdu Shuangliu Airport is the fourth-busiest airport in mainland China. In 2015, it handled 42 million passengers.
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$2.12 BILLION: The Wuhan Railway Station serves some of the world’s fastest trains, which sail along at 186 mph.
$2.12 BILLION: The Wuhan Railway Station serves some of the world’s fastest trains, which sail along at 186 mph.
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$2.2 BILLION: The Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant, Phase 2 was added to the original Qinshan plant in 2011. It has the most nuclear reactors of any site in the world.
$2.2 BILLION: The Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant, Phase 2 was added to the original Qinshan plant in 2011. It has the most nuclear reactors of any site in the world.
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$2.4 BILLION: At 128 stories and 2,078 feet tall, the Shanghai Tower is the tallest skyscraper in China. It’s the second tallest in the world.
$2.4 BILLION: At 128 stories and 2,078 feet tall, the Shanghai Tower is the tallest skyscraper in China. It’s the second tallest in the world.
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$3.5 BILLION: The Beijing Capital International Airport is the largest single construction project in China and the sixth-largest building in the world.
$3.5 BILLION: The Beijing Capital International Airport is the largest single construction project in China and the sixth-largest building in the world.
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$3.6 BILLION: Opened in 2012, the Kunming Changshui International Airport is the second-largest airport in China. Its main terminal measures nearly 6 million square feet.
$3.6 BILLION: Opened in 2012, the Kunming Changshui International Airport is the second-largest airport in China. Its main terminal measures nearly 6 million square feet.
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$4.5 BILLION: Nanhui New City, a planned city to be completed in 2020, will house almost 1 million people.
$4.5 BILLION: Nanhui New City, a planned city to be completed in 2020, will house almost 1 million people.

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