This chapter introduces the practice of rural village improvement in Jiangsu province of China. The program has profound implications for China’s sustainable urbanization and the development of better urban and rural habitats. Jiangsu’s village improvement program is an experiment to transform the built environment in rural areas to revitalise the rural society. It emphasises the protection of the rural environment, improving living conditions in the villages, and enhancement of rural landscapes. The experiment provides some valuable experience for China’s rural modernisation and may be relevant to other developing countries, which are striving to improve the quality of life in their rural areas.
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