This edition: Life in China's Frontier Cities
Lanzhou, located along the ancient Silk Road and Huang He River in northwestern China, is home to a huge population of Chinese Muslims, the country's largest religious minority. This industrial city has maintained its identity as a central trading point for spices and other products, and its Muslim residents have preserved their religious heritage while blending with the culture of the Han Chinese. Shenyang, in northeastern China, was once at the heart of heavy industry in the country, but today it is struggling to cope with aging and outdated factories and inefficient, socialistic central planning methods. Can the Chinese government revitalize this decaying manufacturing zone?