Writing in Der Spiegel (German print edition, 2 July 2012), Sandra Schulz asks 'are there lessons to be taken from the Communist Party's method of governance?' The writer has been to Lanzhou to find some answers. Read article here (translated into English, published on Spiegel Online, 31 August 2012).
One thing everyone comments on is the pollution here. Lanzhou has been rightly criticized for its poor pollution record.
The response to the earthquake that hit Sichuan on May 12 has demonstrated that civil society in China is getting stronger.