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1- Your title is entirely valid. The idea that the Chinese people have suddenly become wealthy is poppy-cock. A small percentage has. The rest are slowly improving their ways of life.
2- Your title was perhaps not well chosen, judging by how many people seemed not to understand it. Perhaps a better title would have been along the line of mentioning how crowded it is. 1,000,000,000+ plus people make everywhere crowded , the same as 25 years ago when I last visited China. The biggest noticeable difference is that back then there was NO private car ownership (and no cell phones of course).
About the processing: Yes, it seems a bit overdone (as you've already confessed ).
I'm a minimalist with processing mainly because I'm a documentary-style shooter. Below is my take on your original: auto color, slightly lowered brightness, slightly increased contrast, and finally some sharpening. It may not be to everyone's liking, but it's a possible alternative.
PS I really like your basic images .