The publication is the outcome of a workshop conducted with 15 graphic design students and teachers from the Modern International Art and Design Academy (MIADA) in Chongqing while we were teaching at the MIADA for a semester. The city is a metropolitan area of more than 31 million people in the center of China. The research was focusing on personal visual stories and experiences relating to the city. The collection of work reflects a contemporary critical and social orientated perspective on the modern Chinese urban lifestyle. The rural depopulation around the city was an important and recurring topic.