China plans city 'twice the size of Wales'
Cue 35,636,280 linguine of new rail lines
It's official: the inexorable rise of China has rendered meaningless ancient units of area such as the square mile, as reporters struggle to express the extent of the country's megacities in terms the average reader can understand.
Handily for the Telegraph, it can fall back on the accepted Reg standard – the Wales – in explaining that the "Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One" grand plan will merge nine cities into an urban sprawl which will be a breathtaking "26 times larger geographically than Greater London, or twice the size of Wales".
The fusion of Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Jiangmen, Shenzhen, Zhaoqing, Zhongshan and Zhuhai will eventually be home to 42 million souls, who'll benefit from 29 new rail lines "totalling 3,100 miles".
This, of course, is properly expressed as 35,636,280 linguine, 541,173 double-decker buses laid bumper-to-bumper or 36,078 brontosauruses/brontosauri, give or take the odd tail. ®
Reader Will Oakley can award himself a foaming 0.9865 Bulgarian airbags of beer for the tip-off.
Size of Wales
Is a bit arbitrary really. Do you mean the size of Wales as seen from above, or the size of Wales if you ironed it properly (in which case it is considerably larger than Greenland*)
* which isn't as large as you think it is.
I'm really not helping am I?
Re: I love
It says here that it's a bit more than half a Belgium*, or a shade under a hundredth of a Democratic Republic of Congo.
Does that help?
*"Half a Belgium" is a measurement apparently destined for future importance. Ask a Belgian.
Actually, it's probabably that the Chinese working in metric, which the Telegraph converted into the Newspaper Journalist System of Measures - you know, the one that uses Celsius for temperatures below the freezing point of water, but then Fahrenheit when it starts getting hot, because of course, they Newspaper Journalists know the best way of representing The Truth to their readership.