The world economy is experiencing the biggest crisis since 1929. China is no exception but has her unique opportunities and challenges. How does the rapid urbanization in China make a difference in dealing with the economic downturn? Is urban development a victim of this crisis or is it a source of solutions? How is job creation the most important priority of China’s big cities, which have become significant economies in their own right? China Planning Network has undertaken to organize the CPN China Week 2009 to bring together the public, the academia, the state and local governments, the industries and the public media to examine these questions.